APRIL 12-14, 2019

College Avenue Commons Auditorium | 660 S College Avenue | Tempe, AZ 85281 | ASU Tempe Campus

Light Rail: Veteran’s Way/College Ave; Parking: Fulton Center Structure (free Sat/Sun) or on street

Keep Talking Niugaa Yugaa – Language is Life

From Kartemquin Films (Hoop Dreams, Life Itself), Keep Talking follows four Alaska Native women learning to teach their critically endangered language. Less than 40 fluent Elders still speak Kodiak Alutiiq due to brutal assimilation policies at U.S. government run Indian boarding schools. The grit and resilience of these women helps them overcome historical trauma, politics and personal demons as they evolve into #languagewarriors.

Their young student Sadie (13) is enthralled by the language, and she dives into Alutiiq dancing as well. Struggling with bullying and racial discrimination, Sadie’s teachers provide inspiration as she navigates troubled waters on the road to adulthood. As she joins more cultural activities, we see Sadie's connection to the language shape her path in life, and strengthen her resolve to play an active role in the revitalization movement. The teachers who started out on a remote island work their way up to a statewide platform, speaking publicly to gain support for the cause. Over five years, their hard work begins to pay off as the next generation starts to learn. These culture-bearers look past the storm of challenges; instead, they aim for a bright future that may be just over the horizon.

  • Won the first place prize in the Made in Alaska category at the Anchorage International Film Festival.

Screening: Saturday, April 7 at 1:40 p.m.