3 years ago
Immersion is a short creative documentary about endangered languages.
When I first conceived to write this film I considered straigtforward interviews with the relevant participants, linguists, speakers of the endangered language etc. This would have been an excellent concept but I felt the subject could be dealt with more purposefully using the most individual aspect.
Language is complex, abstract and beautiful. We use it to convey emotions, during conflict, at our happiest, loneliest, for religion, culture, medicine, in all our endeavours. When it disappears it’s not an obscure tool which is lost but people, their thoughts, lives, history and perspective on things.
The film is written as if an endangered language had come alive. How would it see its fate? How would it react to the forces and attractions of more dominant languages? Luckily this view allowed me to bring in the more abstract nature of language.
One of the initial phrases said by Lema, the endangered language is
“I searched in the usual places, tried to jog my memory and retraced my steps.”
Where and how can you find a lost/endangered language?
Here is the wonderful Immersion. I hope you find it as poetic, lyrical and thought-provoking as its subject.