I love when regionals do programming around new documentaries. Not just because it informs what I add to my Netflix queue, but also because it capitalizes on a near universally appreciated form of storytelling to bring attention to important topics.
You may remember I asked Kristin Ruff about Philanthropy New York’s film series a few months back, but this time the documentary-love comes from Northern California Grantmakers.
Speaking in Tongues is a documentary about four pioneering families that put their children in public schools where, from the first day of kindergarten, their teachers speak mostly Chinese or Spanish. The film follows the story of four diverse kids on a journey to become bilingual. This charming story will challenge you to rethink the skills that Americans will need in the 21st century.
Please join Northern California Grantmakers and The San Francisco Foundation for a special film screening followed by a panel discussion that focuses on the exciting possibilities of how this film can and is being used in education and advocacy for multi–lingualism.