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About the Mother Tongue Film Festival

The Mother Tongue Film Festival, a collaborative Smithsonian annual event, initiated by the Recovering Voices Program of the National Museum of Natural History, celebrates the United Nations International Mother Languages Day by showcasing recently produced feature and short-length films about the cultural richness of Indigenous and endangered languages.

Partners

The Mother Tongue Film Festival is a collaboration between Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, the National Museum of the American Indian and the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

Funding support for the Mother Tongue Film Festival has been provided by the three Smithsonian Recovering Voices partners across the Institution: National Museum of the American Indian, National Museum of Natural History and the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, with additional support from the Mexican Cultural Institute and the New Zealand Embassy. This program has also received federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.

MTFF 2018
Dates: February 21-24, 2018

Schedule at a Glance - Now Available!

Women Directors Roundtable - Speaker Bios Webcast

Schedule:
Wednesday, Feb 21
7:00 pm @ NMAI Rasmuson Theater
El Tigre y el Grillo
Ka Duu
Niuygaa Yugaa/Keep Talking
[Discussion to follow]

Thursday, Feb 22
2:30 pm @ NMNH Q?rius Theater
A Festa no Meio da Amazonas / The Festival in the Middle of the Amazon
Clips from Kwyrykango Metoro A'Ukre/ Manioc Festival A'Ukre
[Discussion to follow]

7:00 pm @ NMNH Q?rius Theater
The Wolf Dance with Ted Mayac
Aroha Bridge: Radical Bro
El Viento
Out of State
[Discussion to follow]

Friday, Feb 23
1:00 pm @ NMAI Rasmuson Theater
Tarinakusun: Quechua in Seattle
Karihwanaron: Precious Things
Aviliaq: Entwined
Mother Tongue
TIFA
Anyone Like Me
[Discussion to follow]

4:00 pm @ NMAI Rasumuson Theater
Roundtable

7:00 pm @ NMAI Rasmuson Theater
Gwen ‘bii Yern
El origen del sol y la luna
Waru
[Discussion to follow]

Saturday, Feb 24
3:00 pm @ Freer Gallery Meyer Auditorium
The Fox of Shichigorosawa
Sailing a Sinking Sea
[Discussion to follow]

7:00 pm @ Freer Gallery Meyer Auditorium
La Bruja
Zerzura
[Discussion to follow]

 

 

MTFF 2017

Program
English

Promotional Materials
English

Spanish

Final Report

News & Updates
Official News Release

 

MTFF 2016

Program
English

 

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