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What to know: Sensitive documentary introducing the audience to a project that preserves languages, especially those unspoken.
OUR TREASURE is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 12-18
6 minutes
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Our Treasure is a sensitive documentary that introduces the audience to a project that preserves languages, especially those that are spoken and not necessarily written around the world. We meet people from various backgrounds who are brought together through The Aikuma Project to tell stories and share music. This film sheds light on the importance of preserving the rich diversity of languages that make up the fabric of American society, even though the country is officially monolingual. The filmmakers achieve that goal through interviews, stories, photographs, event footage and a demo of the Aikuma app. What is unique about this documentary subject is the way it brings together a number of bilingual communities that all face the same challenges and opportunities. In short, this is a film about hope. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18. Reviewed by Katarzyna K., KIDS FIRST! Juror
The Aikuma Project preserves threatened languages by sharing stories as they are told by people in their language. By traveling around the world, collecting stories told by different communities, and transcribing them onto the Aikuma app - Aikuma has spearheaded the Treasure Language Storytelling Initiative. The Aikuma Project dedicates their time to the preservation of languages and the conservation of the diverse linguistic culture which exists globally. By sharing their stories, Treasure Language Speakers are able to find their voices, and realize a new meaning to their ability to speak their native language.
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