COLOURS OF THE ALPHABET

Dir. Alastair Cole

Zambia/2016/80mins/English, Nyanja and Bemba with English subtitles/PG

Colours of the Alphabet tells the story of three Zambian children and their families over two school terms, and asks the question: does the future have to be in English?

A lyrical, beautifully-filmed documentary which spends 9 months in a Zambian village grade one class – from the rains of January till the cold of August – as the children, and their parents, come to terms with the often bemusing reality of education in their country. A country where there are 72 ethnic languages spoken, however, you are told that to get ahead means understanding the world in the country’s only official language – English. Despite less than 2% of Zambians using the language in their daily lives.

An often humous, yet inspiring, bittersweet documentary about childhood innocence, language and national identity, with multi-coloured subtitles reflecting the different languages being spoken.

Aberystwyth Arts Centre: 2nd November from 1800 Book Tickets!

 

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