They Soon Forgot Their Words


Karen Paulk | United States | 2018 | 25:40

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They Soon Forgot Their Words is a telling story of the struggle to maintain the Kaqchikel Mayan language of Guatemala.
Kaqchikel is in a state of ‘shift’ a process of combining with Spanish in speech, considered by scholars the first step in language loss.
The Kaqchikel language and the issues effecting its continued vitality in a globalized world, the role a long history of governmental marginalization of indigenous people and their language’s, those working to secure the future use of Kaqchikel, as well as the perspectives of those from across the country who live, or don’t, with the language are shared in this film with a goal to shed light on a global phenomenon.