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Press Release 09-025 - Video

Producer-director Seth Kramer reflects on what "The Linguists" offers to film audiences.


Producer-director Seth Kramer reflects on what "The Linguists" offers to film audiences, and how the experience of filming it was surprising and enlightening.

Credit: National Science Foundation

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Video Transcript:

Seth Kramer: One of the things that we hope people get out of the movie is to have like a great time. You know, it's a blast. We hope people laugh when they watch it. It's a fast-paced movie, it's got a cool international hip-hop sound track that we collected in the various places that we went to film the movie: India, Bolivia, Siberia.

I think what surprised us most was how emotional it was. When you're sitting opposite the last speaker of a language that has been spoken and passed down for countless generations, and now they're it. It is, it's such a deeply emotional thing. And then to be able to capture that on film and share that with others, I think that really took us by surprise. I don't think we expected it to be that dramatic a movie.