Award-winning Keep Talking will make its D.C. premiere tomorrow, February 21 at 7PM, at the Mother Tongue Film Festival as the fest's opening night film. The film will screen at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian Rasmuson Theater.
The screening is free and open to the public. Director Karen Lynn Weinberg, film participant and language warrior Sadie Coyle, cinematographer Nara Garber, film participant and Alutiiq Language Advocate Dr. Alisha Drabek and executive producer Gordon Quinn will be present for a post-screening Q&A!
The Mother Tongue Film Festival is a collaboration between Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, and Recovering Voices.
The film won the first place prize in the 'Made in Alaska' category at the Anchorage International Film Festival.
Praise for Keep Talking
"Weinberg's film, much in the spirit of Kartemquin's exceptional documentaries, is an observed, clear and enlightening look at a struggle that is unfortunately underexposed."
– Nelson Carvajal, Free Cinema Now
"A joyous celebration of the fellowship and community that centers around something as unifying as language."
– Clint Worthington, Alcohollywood
"Powerful...gives the viewer a true understanding of the need to not lose our culture."
– Pamela Powell, Reel Honest Reviews
“Keep Talking... puts Weinberg on the list of filmmakers to keep an eye on... the film demonstrates how language can heal historical trauma, restore cultural practices and help strengthen the identity of young Alaska Natives.”
- The Anchorage Press
“A must see documentary.”
- Ariadne Sawyer, The Afro News
“A story filled with hope and heart."
- Filmed in Canada
“A deftly-woven ode to language as identity and community."
- Zoe Grams, 24hrs Vancouver
“Shines a light on the power of preserving language and culture as a way of collective healing."
-Tania Ehret, Rabble.CA