A sampling of coverage from PBS NewsHour, The Boston Herald, NPR, and more…
PBS NewsHour's The Rundown: We Still Live Here Traces Comeback of Wampanoag Indian Language On Thursday's NewsHour, we'll feature an excerpt of the film We Still Live Here, which tells the story of the return of the Wampanoag Indian language, the first time a language with no native speakers has been revived in this country. It's part of our series, in partnership with The Economist magazine, showcasing the art of filmmaking.
Pop Matters: Adama Made Wise Before Her Time "By inviting Adama to speak for herself, David Felix Sutcliffe’s documentary grants her the sort of voice the U.S. government denies her. She runs through a gamut of reactions, rebellious and angry, vulnerable and frightened. She is made wise before her time, and she’s asking questions she wouldn’t have thought to ask had she not been subjected to this ordeal. Still, as she laughs at her best friend Damaris’ graduation ... Adama remains resilient. She maintains a sense of self-identity, despite all efforts to contain and redefine her."
Boston Herald: Baird Gives A New Voice to Wampanoag It took 150 years, but Wampanoag is once again being spoken on Cape Cod. Connecticut-based documentarian Anne Makepeace’s film We Still Live Here — As Nutayunean chronicles the 20-year-long effort of the Cape and Martha’s Vineyard Wampanoag people to reclaim their native tongue. The PBS Independent Lens series documentary airs Thursday at 10 p.m. on WGBX (Ch. 44).
NPR’s Tell Me More: Documentary Shows Language Saved From Extinction In 1993, Jessie Little Doe Baird had dreams in a language that her Wampanoag people stopped using more than 100 years ago. The new PBS film We Still Live Here shows how they brought their language back to life. Host Michel Martin speaks with director Anne Makepeace and Troy Currence, vice president of the Wopanaak Language Reclamation Project.
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August 30, 2018
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August 1, 2018
Elected in July, Gita Saedi Kiely has joined the ITVS Board of Directors. She is an accomplished leader who brings to the Board extensive experience in the documentary world.From 2012 to 2016, Saedi Kiely served as the Executive and Festival Director at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, in Missoula, MT, the premier non-fiction film destination in the…
July 11, 2018
Illuminating the human condition: it’s a theme that pervades some of the most effective documentaries. Getting there has multiple paths and as a filmmaker, you have baggage you bring. For The Judge, filmmaker Erika Cohn was a complete outsider in her story and had to build trust with strangers. Bing Liu, on the other hand, mined his own community…