Endangered Languages Film Night

5:15-7:00pm Friday 18th October, SOAS room G51

The Endangered Languages Archive (ELAR) and the Endangered Languages Academic Programme (ELAP) invite you to an evening of two films in and on endangered languages:

The Bad French (30 mins)

A film by Simon Sole

A unique British language, Guernesias, the language of the Guernsey Islands

Local characters tell remarkable stories in their language, which has begun revitalisation.

Stories from West Coast Fisherman Walter Sarre of his problems during the Occupation and of day to day life in one of Guernsey’s major industries all told in Guernsey French bring the language alive. Olive Sarre and Phylis Le Prevost, two hand finishers of Guernseys discuss their differing experiences of the WWII Occupation. Phylis speaks about finding herself evacuated to an English speaking world where she only spoke Guernesias, while Olive stayed at home, and found herself making bicycle tyres out of hosepipe.

Language supporter Bill Gallienne describes where Guernesias is now: “There’s a lot of talk about the language dying, really it’s not very well but it’s not dying. It’s time for it to come back.”


The Importance of Being Mlabri (60 mins)

A film directed by Janus Billeskov Jansen & Signe Byrge Sørensen

For centuries the Mlabri have lived as hunters and gatherers in the jungles of northern Thailand, but the forest is disappearing and now modern society is closing in on them. So far they have managed to keep their identity and unique language alive, but at present they number only 300 people. We meet them at a decisive moment in Mlabri history, when the first youngsters are getting ready to leave the community.

This film is mainly in the Mlabri language, with English subtitles.

These films are part of Tom Castle’s ELAR film library.

This event is free and everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be available.

The next Endangered Languages Film Night will take place on Friday 29th November.

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