This short documentary film brings awareness to endangered languages, preserves history, and highlights a whistled language in the Canary Islands.
EXPLORING A WHISTLED LANGUAGE:
LOST AND FOUND IN THE CANARY ISLANDS
A DOCUMENTARY FILM
BY IRIS BROOKS & JON H. DAVIS
Every two weeks, somewhere on our planet, a language dies.
This is a short documentary film bringing awareness to endangered languages, preserving aspects of history, and highlighting the whistled language of Silbo Gomero in the Canary Islands (a region of Spain located off the northwest coast of Africa). We need your support to complete this project.
While languages around the world are dying at an alarming rate, the small island of La Gomera–filled with rugged mountain peaks and ancient laurel forests–has preserved its precious whistled language. Silbo Gomero, which was on the verge of disappearing, remains an important means of communication across the island’s dramatic mountains and deep ravines, working in places where cell phones fail. This language was recently awarded the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage status. (For more information on UNESCO, http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/index.php... )
Language is key for sharing ideas and expressing emotions in a living heritage of people from all over the world. One’s mother tongue is a means of transmitting cultural history ranging from stories and songs, to philosophy, proverbs, and poems.
If your language is lost, what will you say?
The film is now in post-production. All the material for the project has been filmed and written. Funding is needed to complete this documentary, which includes painstaking audio and visual editing done by our two-person team (us!)
Your participation will support the creative process and realization of this film. It will help shed light on endangered languages and bring an important documentary to fruition!
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