Curator's Cut: Not to Lose You, My Language

Wednesday, 20 November, 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Event Details

  • Date
    Wednesday, 20 November, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
  • Location
    Library, Parliament House, Darwin
  • Cost
Books in language on display

In the ambitious and pioneering days of the Whitlam Era, thousands of Indigenous Territory schoolkids were taught in two languages: their own and English.

Bilingual education has fallen in and out of political favour in the intervening decades, but its advocates remain firmly committed. Not to Lose You, My Language provides a colourful and vibrant Territory-wide snapshot of elders, linguists and teachers' aides working together to educate Aboriginal children in their own languages. 

Following the film, a panel discussion with linguists and language workers involved in the ground-breaking days of the 1970s bilingual education movement and current bilingual projects will take place.

This is part of the Northern Territory Library’s Curator’s Cut film series, screening rare films from the Library collection.

2019/2020 Curator's Cut Program
18 Sept 19Dirt Cheap (part of the Darwin International Film Festival)
16 Oct 19The Overlanders
20 Nov 19Not to Lose You, My Language
22 Jan 20Jedda
19 Feb 20Aeroplane Dance
18 Mar 20We of the Never Never

This event is held at the Northern Territory Library inside Parliament House, 4 Bennett St, Darwin. Seating from 5:15pm for a 5:30pm start.

Photo: "Your book's more interesting than mine". Aboriginal boys reading. Hempel Collection. PH0187/0003