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Bringing Together Worlds Apart: Multilingualism in London and Agnack
Thu 23 March 2017, 19:00 – 21:30 GMT
This free Multilingual Capital event will involve a screening of the critically acclaimed film: Kanraxël.
Agnack is a place where both rivers and people converge in the most stunning of ways – a place where it is considered perfectly normal to speak a minimum of six languages. For the first time in history the people of Agnack - the Baïnounk people - allowed cameras to film as they prepare for an unforgettable event and capture the mystery surrounding their rituals. The Baïnounk culture is more threatened now than at any point in its long history due to abrupt changes brought by colonisation, conflict, globalisation and migration.
Anna Sowa, producer of Kanraxël for Chouette Films, and Professor Friederike Lüpke, who leads the research team behind Kanraxël, will talk about the making of the film, and research findings which have arisen alongside the film.
The event will be introduced by a short talk by Dr Esther de Leeuw, who leads Multilingual Capital with Professor Devyani Sharma, and multilingual landscapes of East London will be presented in relation to Agnack.
After the presentations and the screening of the film, the event will close with complimentary drinks and snacks from 21.00 - 21.30. We encourage you to write down your questions and impressions after this event, some of which will be responded to online on our website: Multilingual Capital.
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Queen Mary University of London
Mile End Road
Peston Lecture Theatre (Graduate Centre)