"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart." Nelson Mandela
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?
Steward, Elizabeth and M’barak are three first time school pupils in rural Zambia, struggling to make sense of an educational system where the language they speak at home is different from the language used in the classroom, and slowly discovering that their tongue is no longer their own.
When nearly 40% of the world’s population lack access to education in their own language, the film offers an intimate, moving and often humorous insight into a global phenomenon from the unique perspective of three innocent children.
“'Poignant, touching and very amusing' Across The Arts ★★★★
“One of the most beautiful documentary films I’ve ever seen” Liz Lochhead (Former National Poet of Scotland)
“Lyrical, beautifully filmed...an inspiring, bittersweet documentary about language, communication and national identity” Glasgow Film Festival