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SPECIAL SCREENING: Global Lives/Global Voices at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

May 9, 2014 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Via the National Museum of the American Indian

The Smithsonian’s Recovering Voices Program and Global Lives Project, has brought together an interdisciplinary group of anthropologists, linguists, archivists, and indigenous and non-indigenous filmmakers to explore the creation of a series of 24-hour films focused on endangered language communities around the world. The format of 24 continuous hours is based on the work of the Global Lives Project, which is building an open collection of video footage that features one day in the lives of individuals around the world. Global Lives films are developed in sets of ten around a particular theme, with participants selected to broadly represent current global demographics.

Join us in for an introduction to the Global Lives Project and a viewing of some short works by filmmakers invited to participate.

Global Lives: A Video Library of Life Experience
2014, 3 min.
United States, Documentary

The Global Lives Project is a video library of life experience, designed to cultivate empathy across cultures. We curate an ever-expanding collection of films that faithfully capture 24 continuous hours in the lives of individuals from around the world. We explore the diversity of human experience through the medium of video, and encourage discussion, reflection, and inquiry about the wide variety of cultures, ethnicities, languages, and religions on this planet. Our goal is to foster empathy and cross-cultural understanding.


Because of Who I Am
2011, 4 min.
United States, Documentary, Experimental
Director: Marcella Ernest (Ojibwe)

A San Francisco artist and skateboarder challenges stereotypes of Native women with her painting, and with her own childhood when she took up fancy dancing, a style generally reserved for men. Film still pictured above. Courtesy of the filmmaker.
El Reloj/The Watch
2013, 6 min.
United States/Mexico, Narrative Fiction
Director: Yolanda Cruz (Chatino)

Like every Sunday morning, a Zapotec grandfather comes to the city of Oaxaca to visit his granddaughter for a day. Their ritual consists of attending mass and window-shopping throughout the city, but on this particular Sunday, things take a different turn when they pass by a stand selling watches.

Finding Our Talk: Chitimacha
2009, 24 min.
Canada, Documentary
Director: Michelle Smith (Métis)
The Chitimacha Nation of Charenton, Louisiana partners with Rosetta Stone, a language learning software company, to create teaching aids for a language that has no fluent speakers. Piecing together the language from old, wax cylinder recordings, this 1,000 member strong community is relying on its determination and thriving cultural identity to awaken the Chitimacha language from its long slumber.

Additional work by filmmaker, Martin Maden.


May 9, 2014
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
4th St & Independence Ave SW
Washington DC, 20560 United States
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