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Kartemquin presents Keep Talking Part of the Kartemquin Presents Series
11:00am screening & 7:00pm screening – please select the time you wish to attend when purchasing tickets.
Keep Talking follows four Alaska Native women fighting to save Kodiak Alutiiq, an endangered language now spoken by less than 40 remaining fluent Native Elders. Their small community travels to remote Afognak Island to start teaching kids Alutiiq. Sadie, 13, is inspired to begin learning the language and dances of her ancestors. Instead of getting swept up in the wake of historical trauma, these women overcome personal demons and build toward a brighter future. Keep Talking reveals the ultimate impact of language and culture revitalization; joy and hope.
11:00am screening & 7:00pm screening
Producer RACHEL Rozycki, DIRECTOR KAREN WEINBERG and ALutiiq speaker Alisha Drabek will be in attendance for Q&A after the 7pm screening!
Rachel Rozycki is a social conscience documentary filmmaker, who Co-Produced Keep Talking, a documentary feature following four Alaska Native women fighting to save Kodiak Alutiiq, an endangered language now spoken by less than 40 remaining fluent Native Elders. Keep Talking premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival in the fall of 2017, has been screening at festivals all over the world.
Rachel was also the Chicago/Midwest field producer for the documentary Student Athlete by award winning filmmaker Trish Dalton and two time Oscar Winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy about the exploitation of NCAA athletes, which premiered on HBO Sports in October 2018.
In addition, she has contributed on a number of Kartemquin films including The Trials of Muhammad Ali (dir. Bill Siegel), the multi-award winning Life Itself (dir. Steve James), and the six-part series Hard Earned, which aired on Al Jazeera America.
Rachel is currently producing the documentary series, Lady Parts Justice in the New World Order, about Lady Parts Justice, led by Lizz Winstead (co-creator of the Daily Show), as they barnstorm the country with a boots-on-the-ground strategy to support abortion providers and reproductive rights, using comedy as the ultimate weapon.
Two episodes of the series will have their World Premiere at DOC NYC this November. Rachel is on the faculty at Columbia College Chicago.
Karen Weinberg directed and produced Keep Talking for PBS, and edited other feature films and documentaries, including shows for the History Channel. She first met the Kodiak Alutiiq people, including Alisha Drabek, while teaching a film editing class in 2012.
Alisha Drabek, PhD, is an Alutiiq language advocate, writer, and artist living on Kodiak Island, Alaska. She is co-author of Red Cedar of Afognak: A Driftwood’s Journey, a children’s book about an Alaska Native community’s history of survival from tsunamis based on stories from Alutiiq Elder John Pestrikoff and driftwood research by archaeobotanist Dr. Karen Adams of Crow Canyon Research Institute. The book won the American Book Award and the Honoring Alaska’s Indigenous Literature Award. Alisha has contributed to numerous community and online resources including: AlutiiqEducation.org, AlutiiqLanguage.org, and the Native Village of Afognak’s Heritage Education Programming and the Dig Afognak Camp.
Kartemquin is a collaborative community empowering documentary makers who create stories that foster a more engaged and just society. In 2016 Kartemquin celebrated 50 years of sparking democracy through documentary.
Kartemquin is internationally recognized for crafting quality documentaries backed by innovative community engagement. The organization’s films have received three Academy Award® nominations and won several major prizes, including five Emmys, two Peabody Awards, multiple Independent Spirit, IDA, PGA and DGA awards, and duPont-Columbia and Robert F. Kennedy journalism awards. Kartemquin is recognized as a leading advocate for independent documentary media, and has helped hundreds of artists via its filmmaker development programs that help further grow the field, such as KTQ Labs, Diverse Voices in Docs, and the acclaimed KTQ Internship. Kartemquin is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization based in Chicago.
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First Place – ‘Made in Alaska’ Award
2017 ANCHORAGE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
SOCIETY FOR VISUAL ANTHROPOLOGY FILM & MEDIA FESTIVAL
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