Keep Talking

Education

Keep Talking

Keep Talking follows four Alaska Native women fighting to save Kodiak Alutiiq, a critically endangered language with only 41 fluent Elders remaining. At language immersion camp, young Sadie (13) is inspired. Over the course of the film, Sadie evolves from painful shyness into a powerful young woman with a strong connection to her culture. “Sadie’s journey demonstrates the powerful impact language revitalization can have on a young person’s sense of self,” says director Karen Weinberg. Alutiiq learner/teacher Marya Halvorsen explains: “There are things that don’t translate… I imagine that everybody has part of themselves that would make more sense if you could say it in your language.” Marya is one of the four Alutiiq language teachers featured in the film, her tribal affiliation is with the Sun’aq tribe of Kodiak. Armed with incredible determination and grit, these women become community leaders and activists forging new pathways towards sustainable education. Over five years they set their sights on a bright future that may be just over the horizon.