'Language Matters with Bob Holman'
(DVD / NR / 2015 / PBS)
Overview: Language Matters is a two hour documentary that asks: What do we lose when a language dies? What does it take to save a language?
DVD Verdict: There are over 6,000 languages in the world. We lose one every two weeks. Hundreds will be lost within the next generation. By the end of this century, half of the world's languages will have vanished. Language Matters with Bob Holman is a two hour documentary that asks: What do we lose when a language dies? What does it take to save a language?
'Language Matters' was filmed around the world: on a remote island off the coast of Australia, where 400 Aboriginal people speak 10 different languages, all at risk; in Wales, where Welsh, once in danger, is today making a comeback; and in Hawaii, where a group of Hawaiian activists are fighting to save their native tongue.
Watching this incredible, thought-provoking documentary it's not hard to see why 'Language Matters' has been spoken about as being the first nationwide media recognition of the Language Crisis. Something that is not just about languages, but cultural diversity. It’s about global homogenization, the Pringleization of society, about cultures being steamrollered under globalization.
The feature documentary is directedby Emmy and Peabody award-winning filmmaker David Grubin (The Buddha, The Jewish Americans)and narrated/hosted by Emmy award-winning producer, scholar and poet, Bob Holman (United States of Poetry). A Grand Festival Award for Documentary winner at the Berkeley Video and Film Festival 2014, 'Language Matters with Bob Holman' proves that no matter what your own native tongue may be, others around you, around the world on the globe we call Earth speak just the same "language" as you: one of a hope for peace. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of:
Keali'i Reichel Concert Excerpt