Join RiverRun for a free virtual screening of ᏓᏗᏬᏂᏏ (We Will Speak)!
RiverRun is offering a special return engagement of a 2023 festival favorite – ᏓᏗᏬᏂᏏ (We Will Speak) directed by ᎤᎶᎩᎳ/Schon Duncan & Michael McDermit .
This is a FREE SCREENING October 16 – October 30 in our Virtual Theater as part of our community screening program. We hope this will provide an opportunity for those who weren’t able to attend RiverRun 2023 to watch this amazing documentary at home with their family and friends.
***this screening is only available to those located in North Carolina***
The Cherokee language is deeply tied to Cherokee identity; yet generations of assimilation efforts by the U.S. government and anti-Indigenous stigmas forced the Tri-Council of Cherokee tribes to declare a State of Emergency for the language in 2019. While there are 430,000 Cherokee citizens, fewer than an estimated 1,500 fluent speakers remain. Through intimate interviews, vérité footage of community gatherings, and extensive archival materials, the film follows various Cherokee community members as they continue the long fight to help save the language.