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Slam Poet Bob Holman Tracks Endangered Languages in Language Matters

Posted on January 23, 2015

Jeanne Carstensen reviews the PIC-funded program Language Matters for KQED:

The precipitous disappearance of mother tongues is the subject of Language Matters with Bob Holman, a new documentary by David Grubin that airs nationwide on PBS in January. On Saturday, Jan. 24, Holman and Grubin will screen excerpts from the film with language activists from the Bay Area’s Hawaiian and Native American communities at the Exploratorium. This event is now at capacity.

The native rock band Walan Amana are slated to play music in the Nisenan language from the Sierra Nevada, Vincent Medina will perform in Ohlone, a Bay Area Indian language, and Carolyn Melenani Kuali`i and other Hawaiian artists will sing and dance Hawaiian meles, or chants. Other linguistic surprises will be in store as well at the event, which is co-sponsored by Heyday Books, the Center for the Art of Translation, Pacific Islanders in Communications, and KQED.

Airs on KQED on Saturday, January 25, 6-8 pm

Read the entire review: ww2.kqed.org/arts/2015/01/22/slam-poet-bob-holman-tracks-endangered-languages-in-new-film

Categories: Broadcast, Screening