Speaking in Tongues

Four children — learning to be bilingual and bicultural — raise questions about what it means to be American in the 21st century.

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Premiere Date
August 2, 2010
Length
60 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call
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    2009 San Francisco International Film Festival-Audience Award, Best Documentary Feature
  • Producer/Director

    Marcia Jarmel

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    Born in the U.S.A.
    Producer/Director

    Ken Schneider

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    The Film

    In a country where most states declare English as the official language, Speaking in Tongues turns the issue on its head and explores how bilingualism can be a national resource. Following four students involved in an educational experiment designed to make them bilingual and biliterate, the film questions rote debates about immigration, assimilation, globalization, and what it means to be American in the 21st century.

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