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MIPCOM Picks: The Linguists

While we chatter away globally in more than 7,000 languages, one tongue is lost to us every two weeks. So, in true Indiana Jones fashion, linguists David Harrison and Gregory Anderson have set out to record every one of these nearly dead languages.
October 7, 2008


While we chatter away globally in more than 7,000 languages, one tongue is lost to us every two weeks. In Bolivia, for example, the Kallawaya language of the Andes is learned only by adults who explore the rituals and practices of medicine, and fewer than 100 of those remain. All over the world, languages such as this are disappearing.
So, in true Indiana Jones fashion, linguists David Harrison and Gregory Anderson have set out to record every one of these nearly dead languages. They trek deep into jungles and all manner of dangerous and hidden places in a race against time to save these tongues for posterity.
With two quirky and amusing characters leading the charge, it’s difficult not to love this film. It’s accessible ethnography – and that’s saying something. The Linguists has screened at the Sundance Film Festival, the Big Sky Documentary Festival, the National Geographic All Roads Film Festival, FilmFest Hamburg, UNESCO in Paris and many others. Partners: Ironbound Films (Garrison), distributed by APT Worldwide (Boston)
Wrapping: 2008
Length: 52 minutes
Rights available: Worldwide broadcast

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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