Language Matters

With Filmmaker David Grubin and Narrator and Poet Bob Holman in Person

Saturday, January 24, 2014 • 2:30 p.m.

Exploratorium, Pier 15, Kanbar Forum

Free; please enter the museum through the historic Pier 15 entrance. Doors open at 2:00 p.m., program begins at 2:30 p.m.

Note: This event is at capacity. We will only be able to accomodate guests with confirmed RSVP's at the program. View the full film online at

“Where will meanings be
when the words are forgotten”
—WS Merwin

In advance of its January 25, 2015 premiere on KQED, Cinema Arts in conjunction with KQED, Heyday Books, and Pacific Islanders in Communications is pleased to present this celebration of Language Matters with Bob Holman (2014), a film by David Grubin.

What do we lose when a language dies? What does it take to save a language? Language Matters broaches these enormous questions, traveling the world to learn about languages at risk and meet those advocating to save them. Director and producer David Grubin and poet and narrator Bob Holman will share film clips and be joined by local poets, musicians, and performers from Bay area communities who are working to save their identities and language.

Presenters include Carolyn Melenani Kuali`i, Vincent Medina, Liko Puha, Alan Wallace, and native rock band Walan Amana, which will perform in the Nisenan language.

This program will be followed by a reception sponsored by The Center for the Art of Translation.


Language Matters is a co-production of David Grubin Productions Inc. and Pacific Islanders in Communications. Produced in association with The Endangered Language Alliance. Major funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities with additional funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, and philanthropic individuals.

Center for the Art of Translation
Pacific Islanders in Communications