Batavia, New York—Do you say “y’all”? Or maybe, “yuns”? The way we speak tells a lot about us. A film series at Genesee Community College aims to promote cultural diversity while helping us better understand and appreciate the importance of language and dialect in society. Showings of the films “American Tongues” and “We Still Live Here-- Âs Nutayuneân” are free and open to the public.
“American Tongues” is a sometimes hilarious film rich in regional color that uses the prism of language to reveal our attitudes about the way other people speak. From Texas cowboys to New York professionals, the film elicits funny, perceptive, sometimes shocking, and always telling comments on American English. It will have two showings at GCC’s Batavia campus:
•Wednesday, Feb. 20 6:00-7:30 p.m. Room T102
•Thursday, Feb. 21 12:30-2:00 p.m. Room T119B
The second film, “We Still Live Here-- Âs Nutayuneân,” tells the story of Jessie Little Doe Baird, who went from a tiny Indian enclave in Massachusetts to a 2010 MacArthur “genius” award. Described as resolute and humble, Baird worked with her community to bring their long forgotten Wampanoag language back home. The film will be shown twice at GCC Batavia:
•Tuesday, March 19 12:30-2:00 p.m. Room T102
•Thursday, March 21 6:00-7:30 p.m. Room T119B
Each screening will be followed by a 20-minute moderated discussion with the audience.
The film series is being funded in part by a President’s Innovation Award, which offers grants to innovative activities and projects that promote community involvement at GCC, stimulate pride in the College community, and can have positive long-term benefits.
For more information about the film series, contact Neil Liwanag at firstname.lastname@example.org or (585) 343-0055 extension 6150.
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