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Media: New Documentary: The Universal Language

Submitter: Dana Kash

Submitter Email: dana.samgreenfilm@gmail.com
Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
History of Linguistics

Media Body: Academy Award–nominated director Sam Green ('The Weather Underground')
has a new documentary out about Esperanto and language studies. 'The Universal
Language' traces Esperanto from its conception in Poland amid other burgeoning
nineteenth century Utopian movements through two disastrous world wars,
Stalinist suppression, and the rise of globalization. Drawing equally from archival
footage and interviews with present-day speakers and linguists, the film portrays a
movement full of optimism and humor, as well as a vital curiosity about language’s
ability to influence society, culture, and the power structures around them. The film
is available for classroom use.

To watch a preview copy of 'The Universal Language' or for more information
about the film, please contact dana.samgreenfilm@gmail.com or
visit http://esperantodocumentary.com
Issue Number: 23.2591
Date Posted: May 31, 2012

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