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Stories of loss, revelation, and recovery can lead us on the path to restoring a sense of wholeness. In this program, youth confront generational trauma and seek to break through for a brighter future. Following the screening, stay for a Q&A with director Xun Sero.

This program is presented by the Mother Tongue Film Festival with support from the Embassy of Mexico in the United States and the Mexican Cultural Institute of Washington, DC.

 

PROGRAM

Mother’s Tongue
Junior, an African teenager ashamed of his accent, enrolls in a creative writing club hoping he can make it through the semester without speaking… until he’s faced with his worst fear.
Runtime: 16 min

Mamá
Content warning: For mature audiences.
In this deeply moving dialogue between a mother and son, Tzotzil director Xun Sero confronts his past with honesty, understanding, and forgiveness.
Runtime: 80 min.
Spanish, Tzotzil with English subtitles.

 

ABOUT MOTHER TONGUE FILM FESTIVAL

The Smithsonian’s Mother Tongue Film Festival celebrates cultural and linguistic diversity by showcasing films and filmmakers from around the world, highlighting the crucial role languages play in our daily lives.

Where and how do we find balance? To create balance is to connect the many branches of our existence, and to connect is to reach an enduring harmony. In 2024, the Mother Tongue Film Festival will showcase films that record personal journeys and explore the drive to find balance and harmony within our world, communities, families, and selves.

Details

Date:
February 22, 2024
Time:
7:00 pm–9:30 pm
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Venue

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Hirshhorn Museum, Independence Ave SW & 7th St SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Phone
202-633-1000
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Organizer

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Phone
202-633-1000
Email
HirshhornExperience@si.edu
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