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“Language Matters with Bob Holman, a film by David Grubin” Premieres January 29th

COSTA MESA, (January 17, 2015) – PBS SoCaL, PBS for Greater Los Angeles, will premiere the broadcast of a new PBS documentary “Language Matters with Bob Holman, a film by David Grubin” locally on Thursday, January 29 at 7 p.m.

Language Matters is a two-hour documentary that asks: What do we lose when a language dies? What does it take to save a language? There are more than 6,000 languages in the world. We lose one every two weeks; hundreds will be lost within the next generation. This documentary follows poet Bob Holman as he travels to a remote island off the coast of Australia to visit with aboriginal people who speak 10 different languages, then follows him to Wales where Welsh is making a comeback, and on to Hawaii, where Hawaiians are fighting to save their native tongue.

To celebrate the premiere locally, PBS SoCaL will co-present a special event with the Hammer Museum, at the Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater in Los Angeles on Tuesday, January 27. The event will feature performances by endangered language communities including presentations by Didgeridoo player Barry Martin; Hawaiian hula and chant by Halau O Lilinoe (“fine mist”), one of the most respected traditional halau in Southern California; Luis Rodriguez, Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, reading a poem in Nahuatl; Anita Martinez, a storyteller and singer in Garifuna, an Arawakan language spoken in Honduras, Guatemala, and Belize; and Kealoha, Hawaii's Poet Laureate.

Director/producer David Grubin and poet/host Bob Holman will screen short pieces of the film and lead a discussion. In partnership with PBS SoCaL and the Welsh Government.

Event information available athttp://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2015/01/endangered-languages-the-mother-tongue-revival/

Language Matters with Bob Holman is a co-production of David Grubin Productions Inc. and Pacific Islanders in Communications. Produced in association with The Endangered Language Alliance. Major funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities with additional funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, and philanthropic individuals.

About PBS SoCaL

PBS SoCaL is the only station in the Greater Los Angeles area providing the full PBS schedule to Southern California and is home to all PBS program premieres as they are released nationally. As Southern California’s full-service PBS station, PBS SoCaL provides early education, access to a broad array of arts and culture, and programs for, about and by the people of Southern California.

PBS SoCaL is the parent to three unique broadcast channels, PBS SoCaL/KOCE-HD, PBS SoCaL Plus, and PBS SoCaL World, which are dedicated to educating, entertaining and enlightening viewers throughout Southern California. PBS SoCaL offices are located in Downtown LA, Century City and Costa Mesa.  PBS SoCaL is proudly, our communities’ largest classroom, largest stage for the arts and trusted source of information. Explore the future of PBS in Southern California at www.pbssocal.org.


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