International Mother Language Day
Online screening of "Colours of the Alphabet"
19 February from 12.30 to 2.15 pm (CET)
A beautiful, inspiring and bittersweet documentary film about language and childhood in Africa. Steward, Elizabeth and M’barak are three first time school pupils in rural Zambia who struggle to make sense of an educational system where the language they speak at home is different from the language used in the classroom.
Programme of activities
Webex Link from 12.30 to 2.15 pm (CET)
Opening remarks by the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, Ms. Tatiana Valovaya
Dr. Alastair Cole, film director
Prof. Nick Higgins, film producer
Followed by a Q and A
Master of ceremony:
Ms. Michelle Keating, UN Geneva focal point for multilingualism, Chief of Languages Service, Division of Conference Management
Watch the movie
"Colours of the Alphabet" will be available for streaming on the following links, until midnight 21st February.
Watch with subtitles in:
You can also watch with English Audio Description
If you live in Africa, you can watch the movie, in one of 30 languages at: https://afridocs.net/watch-now/colours-of-the-alphabet
Available in Akan, Amharic, Bemba, English, Ewe, Fula, French, Hausa, Igbo, Kikuyyu, Kinyarwanda, Lingala, Lozi, Luganda, Luo, Magalasy, Moore, Nyanja, Oshiwambo, Portuguese, Tswana, Shona, Soli, Swahili, Tigrinya, Tsonga, Tswana, Wolof, Xhosa, Yoruba, Zulu.