Our friends Kalvin Hartwig (Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa) and Manuel Ibanez are working on a short film entitled “This Is Who I Am”, about a young Ojibwe woman seeking to reconnect to her language and culture in the big city. Please read their message below and consider donating to the project.
Help support Indigenous Youth and language diversity! We’re seeking funding to finish producing our short, inspiring film, which will be premiered at the United Nations.
We hope our film will inspire more Indigenous youth to be proud of their heritage and to take responsibility for their languages, cultures, land and rights. The world is a better place with rich linguistic and cultural diversity and a strengthened identity can help Indigenous youth overcome barriers.
We already have the script, a great crew and a production plan. We just need YOUR financial support to finish the film production in time to premiere at the United Nations next May! After the premiere, the film project will then be presented in various ways to reach a wide audience. Our script has been translated into 20 languages, and many more are in the works.
You can donate to the project by check or PayPal. Checks should be written out to: Endangered Language Alliance with “Youth Film” on the memo line. Send to:
Endangered Language Alliance
3 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011
Or donate to the film through PayPal. Remember to click “project specific donation” and write in “This Is Who I Am” Film.