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Film: "Speaking in Tongues"

Speaking in Tongues is a film about bilingualism.  The producers have expanded their scope to document the experience not only of children learning Cantonese but also English learners in a Spanish immersion program and African American students in San Francisco's first Mandarin immersion program.


These three stories connect issues as disparate as immigrant integration, the inequity in educational achievement, and the critical need to develop a more multicultural perspective.  They've also been tracking the development of a proposal to offer every public student in San Francisco a chance to become bilingual a revolutionary idea in a country where 23 states have English-only legislation on the books. Today's San Francisco is a harbinger for the nation itself in 20 years, a U.S as diverse will be struggling with the same challenges.

You can see some of this new material on the recently updated clip streaming at: www.patchworksfilms.net