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    • The Adventure of English

    • The Adventure of English

      The Adventure of English is a British television series (ITV) on the history of the English language presented by Melvyn Bragg as well as a companion book, also written by Bragg. The series ran in 2003. The series and the book are cast as an adventure story, or the biography of English as if it were a living being, co ... Read »


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    • American Tongues

    • American Tongues is a 1988 sociolinguistic documentary examining American English dialects and accents and perceptions thereof. It was produced and directed by Louis Alvarez and Andrew Kolker. The Center for New American Media won a Peabody Award for the film in 1987. ... Read »


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    • Being Osama

    • Being Osama

      Being Osama is an award-winning documentary produced in 2004 by Tim Schwab and Mahmoud Kaabour. Director Mahmoud Kaabour is the founder and managing director of Veritas Films, now based in the United Arab Emirates. Co-director Tim Schwab is an Associate Professor of film at Concordia University. The documentary de ... Read »


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    • Born Talking: A Personal Inquiry into Language

    • Born Talking: A Personal Inquiry into Language is a 1990 BBC television documentary series written and presented by Jonathan Miller that attempts to shed light on the complexities of language. The series consists of four episodes 47 minutes each: ... Read »


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    • Crazy English (film)

    • Crazy English (film)

      Crazy English is a 1999 Chinese documentary directed by Zhang Yuan. The film premiered along with Zhang's Seventeen Years at the 1999 Locarno International Film Festival. It established Zhang's position as a "legitimate" director after years of working independently from, and often at odds with, the Chinese authorities ... Read »


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    • Do You Speak American?


    • Fuck (film)

    • Fuck (film)

      Fuck is a 2005 American documentary film by director Steve Anderson about the word "fuck". The film argues that the word is an integral part of societal discussions about freedom of speech and censorship. It examines the term from perspectives which include art, linguistics, society and comedy, and begins with a segmen ... Read »


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    • Guilty or Innocent of Using the N Word

    • Guilty or Innocent of Using the N Word is a 2006 documentary directed by British director Bhavna Malkani. The documentary explores questions and issues surrounding the word "nigger" that many feel constrained to discuss, as is often categorized as a taboo word. The twenty-eight-minute film investigates the word chrono ... Read »


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    • How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck (film)

    • How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck (film)

      How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck (German: Beobachtungen zu einer neuen Sprache, literally "Observations of a New Language") is a 1976 documentary film by German director Werner Herzog, produced by Werner Herzog Filmproduktion. It is a 44-minute film documenting the held in New Holland, Pennsylvania. Herzog has sa ... Read »


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    • Indoctrinate U

    • Indoctrinate U

      Indoctrinate U is a 2007 American feature-length documentary film written by, directed by and starring Evan Coyne Maloney, that examines controversial topics like equality and fairness, diversity, ideological conformism and political correctness in American institutions of higher education. Maloney argues that whi ... Read »


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    • Koko: A Talking Gorilla

    • Koko: A Talking Gorilla

      Koko: A Talking Gorilla (French: Koko, le gorille qui parle) is a 1978 documentary directed by Barbet Schroeder that focuses on Dr. Francine 'Penny' Patterson and her work with Koko, the gorilla Patterson claims to have taught to communicate with humans using symbols taken from American Sign Language. The film was scre ... Read »


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    • Language Matters with Bob Holman

    • Language Matters with Bob Holman is a 2015 documentary which focuses upon the rapid extinction of many of planet Earth's human languages and the multifarious struggles and efforts to save and preserve them. Holman states that "There are between 6,000 and 7,000 languages spoken in the world today. Languages have always ... Read »


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    • The Linguists

    • The Linguists

      The Linguists is an independent 2008 American documentary film produced by Ironbound Films about language extinction and language documentation. It follows two linguists, Greg Anderson of the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages and David Harrison of Swarthmore College, as they travel around the world to c ... Read »


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    • Misafa Lesafa

    • Misafa Lesafa

      Misafa Lesafa: From Language to Language is a 2004 Israeli documentary film that shares interviews with foreign-born Israeli artists and writers about the importance of language and asks how the struggle between their mother tongue and Hebrew has affected their art. The documentary shares interviews with some of Israel ... Read »


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    • The N-Word

    • The N-Word

      The N-Word is a 2004 documentary film directed and written by Todd Larkins Williams. The movie looks into the history and usage of the word nigger and its variations. ... Read »


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    • Speak White

    • Speak White is a racist insult used by English-speaking Canadians against those who speak other languages in public, especially French Canadians. The slur inspired a French language poem composed by Québécois writer Michèle Lalonde in 1968. It was first recited in 1970 and was published in 1974 by Editions de ... Read »


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    • The Story of English


    • The Universal Language (film)

    • The Universal Language (Esperanto: La Universala Lingvo) is a 2011 short documentary film on the Esperanto language and the movement around it. Using much archive footage from the language's early days the time as well as interviews with Esperantists today, the film constructs a linear narrative of Esperanto's history ... Read »


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    • Word Wars

    • Word Wars

      Word Wars is a 2004 documentary film directed by Eric Chaikin and Julian Petrillo about competitive Scrabble playing. Its full title is: Word Wars - Tiles and Tribulations on the Scrabble Circuit. The film was an official selection at the 2004 Sundance film festival, had a 25-city theatrical run, was included as part o ... Read »


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    • Wordplay (film)

    • Wordplay (film)

      Wordplay is a 2006 documentary film directed by Patrick Creadon. It features Will Shortz, the editor of the New York Times crossword puzzle, crossword constructor Merl Reagle, and many other noted crossword solvers and constructors. The second half of the movie is set at the 2005 American Crossword Puzzle Tournament (A ... Read »


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