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Panel Discussion and Screening: Sueño en Otro Idioma (I Dream in Another Language)

March 21, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States


Harvard Art Museums
(617) 495-9400

A movie poster shows a green forest between two shapes that look like faces.

Join us for a panel discussion and screening titled “Indigenous Languages at the Crossroads in Latin America: Screening and Conversation on the Survival of Indigenous Languages,” co-sponsored by the Mahindra Humanities Center and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and presented at the Harvard Art Museums.

Framed within UNESCO’s International Decade of Indigenous Languages, the panel discussion will focus on the role of academia, media, civil society, and government initiatives in preserving, revitalizing, and supporting Indigenous languages in Latin America. A screening of the film Sueño en otro idioma, directed by Ernesto Contreras, will follow.

María Luisa Parra-Velasco, Senior Preceptor in Romance Languages, Harvard University
Rebecca Mendoza Nunziato, graduate student, Harvard Divinity School
Isaura de las Santos Mendoza (Oaxaca, Mexico), graduate student, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Carlos Flores Quispe (Quechua), graduate student, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Sitalin Sanchez (Native Nahuatl speaker, Macehual, Mexico), graduate student, Harvard Divinity School
Américo Mendoza–Mori, Lecturer in Ethnicity, Migration, Rights, Harvard University

About the film:
Sueño en otro idioma, 2017 (FilmRise; Spanish with English subtitles; 103 min.)

An Indigenous language is in peril, as its last two speakers had a quarrel in the past and haven’t spoken to each other in over 50 years. Martín, a young linguist, will undertake the challenge of bringing the old friends back together and convincing them to speak once again so he can obtain a recorded registration of the language and study it. The film is an official selection of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

Free admission, but seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The discussion and screening will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Doors will open at 5:30pm at the 480 Broadway entrance.

This event is co-sponsored by the Mahindra Humanities Center and David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.

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