I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the World Premiere of director Karen Lynn Weinberg’s debut documentary KEEP TALKING at the Vancouver International Film Festival, October 5th and the great privilege to interview the director and team on our radio show , the World Poetry Cafe on CFRO 100.5 FM. Sadly the station had a technical error and did not archive the show. I am hoping it can be corrected.
KEEP TALKING has the power to reach out to all the peoples of the world, First Nations and others concerned about the many endangered languages of the world. When the language goes, the culture follows since it is entwined, leaving the people with emptiness. The film shows that knowledge and learning create empowerment! A must see documentary. http://www.keeptalkingthefilm.com/
It follows four Alaska Native women fighting to save Kodiak Alutiiq, an endangered language now spoken by less than 40 remaining fluent Native Elders. Their small community travels to remote Afognak Island to start teaching kids Alutiiq. At the camp, Sadie, a troubled teen, is inspired to begin learning the language and dances of her ancestors. Over the next 5 years the women overcome historical and personal traumas to find joy and hope in the revitalization of their cultural heritage.
The film is the directorial debut of film editor and producer Karen Lynn Weinberg, who previously worked on films including Spilled Water (2014), Racing Dreams (2009), and Frozen River (2008). After traveling to Kodiak, Alaska in February of 2012 as a film instructor, Weinberg learned that her editing class was made up of culture bearers working to preserve their endangered Native language. A filmmaker with a passion for language, Weinberg was thrilled when the Native Village of Afognak consulted with Elders and agreed to allow her to film their first attempt at a language immersion camp. As filming continued over the next five years, Weinberg immersed herself in Alaska Native history, with a focus on Kodiak Alutiiq history. She studied endangered language revitalization challenges, methodologies and rewards.
UNESCO estimates that at least 43% of the estimated 6000 languages spoken in the world are endangered. National Geographic estimates that one language dies every 2 weeks. The tide of globalization, assimilation and intolerance continues to erode the linguistic landscape of our modern world. It is Weinberg’s hope that this film brings greater empathy and understanding to the unique challenges and surprising rewards of language revitalization in action.
KEEP TALKING is directed and produced by Karen Lynn Weinberg, executive produced by Justine Nagan, Gordon Quinn and Betsy Steinberg, co-produced by Trish Dalton, Rachel Rozycki and Kari Sherod. Cinematography by Nara Garber, edited by Lesley Kubistal. Produced by Ten Trees Productions, Kartemquin, and Vision Maker Media. www.tentreesproductions.com
Ariadne’s Notes: World Poetry Café celebrated Lozan Yolmosky’s new book Counting Waves with a WP book launch on CFRO 100.5 FM 1 PM PST. A challenging and interesting book launch packed with helpful information about caring and diversity.
Opening Peace Poems read from e-poets Monsif Beroual, Morocco and Lina Zeron, Mexico. A must hear show!
Music and interview of Brian Landrus who phoned in from Brooklyn, N.Y.
World Poetry Team: Ariadne Sawyer, Victor Schwartzman and special volunteer Sharon Rowe.
Lozan Yamolky is a Canadian -Kurdish from northern Iraq. Immigrated to Canada in 95 . She started reciting and writing new poetry in fall of 2013 through open mic. Freelance English, Kurdish & Arabic interpreter.
The World Peace Day has had so many entries far from 67 countries with wonderful poets , musicians and artists, celebrating peace.
Also, in the show were two e-peace poems by : Peace Crusader: Bernice Lever who wrote: ” Here is a Peace Poem from my last book in SMALL ACTS called Peace Gardener I will do what I can to distribute this poem, making copies for the places I will be at the Sept. 13, Canadian authors monthly meeting , eve. at Alliance for the Arts Bldg., on Howe St. and perhaps 1 or 2 other writer gatherings.
I will print some extra copies for Bowen Island Library, Bowen Is. Art Gallery, our local book store, etc. Maybe drop one off at our City Hall, too! “
Cheonhak Kwon debuted in the literary journal Hyundae Munhak, and served as a memberof Jindan Si, a poetry society in South Korea. She immigrated to Canada in 2008, and was awarded the Kyung Hee University Overseas Korean Literary Award in 2010 for the short story “Stuffed Cucumber Kimchi.” Her peace poem is :Everyone is a Prisoner: I am still in an apple seed.
Also included in the show was music from a CD celebrating the 50th anniversary of Poet Carl Sandburg with music and readers from the CD Honey and Salt by Mat Wilson from Braithwaite and Katz. Our great radio engineer Victor Schwartzman also played a poem written by and read by Carl Sandburg.
The WP team: Ariadne Sawyer, host and producer. Victor Schwartzman and special volunteer Sharon Rowe.
Alan Hill is the Poet Laureate of the City of New Westminster BC. He has been previously published in Canada, UK and the USA in over forty publications, including EVENT, Canadian Literature, CV2, SubTerrain, Poetry is Dead and the Cascadia Review. He is the author of two full length books of poetry, The Upstairs Country (2012) and The Broken Word (2013). He began writing in 2001 whilst spending two years living and working in Botswana.