January 4, 2018 12:00 am
Keep Talking by Karen Lynn Weinberg will have its Chicago premiere at the Gene Siskel Film Center on Friday, January 5th at 8:15pm. A pre-screening reception begins at 7pm. A second showing will take place on January 11th at 8:15PM. Tickets here.
Post-screening discussion panelists:
- 1/5/18: Director Karen Lynn Weinberg, co-producer Rachel Rozycki and Alutiiq Language Advocate Dr. Alisha Drabek; moderated by Dorene Wiese, CEO of the American Indian Association of Illinois
- 1/11/18: Director Karen Lynn Weinberg, co-producer Rachel Rozycki and Professor and Chair of the Department of Linguistics and Humanities, Lenore A. Grenoble; moderated by Dorene Wiese, CEO of the American Indian Association of Illinois.
Keep Talking follows four Alaska Native women fighting to save Kodiak Alutiiq, an endangered language now spoken by less than 40 remaining fluent Native Elders. Their small community travels to remote Afognak Island to start teaching kids Alutiiq. Sadie, 13, is inspired to begin learning the language and dances of her ancestors. Instead of getting swept up in the wake of historical trauma, these women overcome personal demons and build toward a brighter future. Keep Talking reveals the ultimate impact of language and culture revitalization; joy and hope.
Ahead of the premiere, Weinberg and Drabek were interviewed on WBEZ Worldview.
Praise for Keep Talking
"Weinberg's film, much in the spirit of Kartemquin's exceptional documentaries, is an observed, clear and enlightening look at a struggle that is unfortunately underexposed."
– Nelson Carvajal, Free Cinema Now
"A joyous celebration of the fellowship and community that centers around something as unifying as language."
– Clint Worthington, Alcohollywood
"Powerful...gives the viewer a true understanding of the need to not lose our culture."
– Pamela Powell, Reel Honest Reviews
“Keep Talking... puts Weinberg on the list of filmmakers to keep an eye on... the film demonstrates how language can heal historical trauma, restore cultural practices and help strengthen the identity of young Alaska Natives.”
- The Anchorage Press
“A must see documentary.”
- Ariadne Sawyer, The Afro News
“A story filled with hope and heart."
- Filmed in Canada
“A deftly-woven ode to language as identity and community."
- Zoe Grams, 24hrs Vancouver
“Shines a light on the power of preserving language and culture as a way of collective healing."
-Tania Ehret, Rabble.CA
Find all upcoming screenings of Keep Talking here.