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To Save A Language (2020)

Original title: Keelepäästja

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Documentary Duration 74:00

To Save A Language

Indrek Park, a linguist originally from Estonia, has been working with Native American languages for over ten years. The film sees him recording the language of the Mandan tribe, who live in the prairies of North Dakota, on the banks of the Missouri River. The job involves a lot of responsibility, and he is running out of time – his language guide, the 84-year-old Edwin Benson, is the last native speaker of Mandan. Also, Indrek’s plans with Mandan are much bigger than just recording the language for future generations – it has become his mission to revive Mandan, so that ...

Director: Liivo Niglas

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) F-Seitse
Film Category Documentary, Portrait, Anthropological
Duration 74:00


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Producer Kaie-Ene Rääk | Liivo Niglas
Director Liivo Niglas
Cinematographer Liivo Niglas
Editor Kaie-Ene Rääk

First releases

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  • on filmfestival: 20.11.2020, PÖFF, Tallinn, Estonia

Partners and Sponsors

  • Kultuuriministeerium
  • EFI
  • Eesti Kultuurkapital
  • ERR
  • Rahvusarhiiv
  • BFM
  • Kinoliit
  • Eesti Filmiajakirjanike ühing
  • Tallinnfilm