USA, 2014, 18 min
Elva Ambía Rebatta’s first language is Quechua, but when she left her town in Peru as a young woman to find work in the United States, speaking Spanish and English became critical for her to survive. While Quechua – a language indigenous to South America – continues to be spoken around the world as a result of such migration stories, UNESCO and other initiatives recognize it as an endangered language. Now in her seventies, Elva decides to help cultivate a Quechua-speaking community in New York City. Living Quechua follows Elva through the challenges and successes of trying to keep Quechua alive.
Director, production, camera, script, edit: Christine Mladic Janney
Language of dialogues: Spanish, Quechua, English
Language of subtitles: English, Czech
Christine Mladic Janney is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker, photographer and digital media maker. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology and certificate in Culture and Media at NYU.
Margaret Mead Film Festival, New York City, USA