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Smithsonian's Mother Tongue Film Festival


Since 2016, the annual festival has celebrated International Mother Language Day on February 21.

The Smithsonian's Mother Tongue Film Festival celebrates cultural and linguistic diversity by showcasing films and filmmakers from around the world, highlighting the crucial role languages play in our daily lives.

Our Mission
Through digital storytelling, the festival amplifies the work of diverse practitioners who explore the power of language to connect the past, present, and future.

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Smithsonian's Mother Tongue Film Festival 2021

The Smithsonian's Mother Tongue Film Festival celebrates cultural and linguistic diversity by showcasing films and filmmakers from around the world, highlighting the crucial role languages play in our daily lives. This year, the festival will be…

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Mother Tongue Film Festival 2020

The Smithsonian's Mother Tongue Film Festival celebrates cultural and linguistic diversity by showcasing films and filmmakers from around the world over four days of free screenings in Washington, D.C. The Mother Tongue Film Festival is a public…

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