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Last November we shared an episode about the important link between language and culture. Today, we’re continuing that conversation with two stories from the CBAA National Features and Documentary Series. 

Never Gonna Let The Language Go Away by MJ Bakewell 

What does ‘justice’ even mean if no one speaks your language? There are over 17 Aboriginal languages spoken in and around Mparntwe Alice Springs – but there’s only been an Aboriginal interpreter service since the year 2000. MJ Bakewell looks to the past, and one Yankuntyjatjara man’s legacy, to see how far we’ve come to ensure Aboriginal language speakers have the right to understand, and be understood.

Music: Trailrunner by Blue Dot Sessions, Algorithms by Chad Crouch, Passed Tense by Anne van Schothorst, Low Coal Camper by Blue Dot Sessions, 4th Chair by Blue Dot Sessions. 

Producer: MJ Bakewell 

Supervising Producer: Belinda Lopez

Produced for the 2020 CBAA National Features and Documentary Series.


My Mother Tongue by Bernadette Nguyen 

They say that to speak a language is to take on a world, but for people from different cultural backgrounds living in Western spaces it’s easier said than done. Bernadette Nguyen speaks to her mother, a young Korean migrant, and a Wiradjuri woman, to find out how much of the world multilingual people can take on in My Mother Tongue. 

Music by Jerome Blazé and Gemma Navarrete 

Producer: Bernadette Nguyen 

Supervising Producer:  Celese Macintosh 

Produced for the 2020 CBAA National Features and Documentary Series.

All The Best credits:

Production Manager: Danni Stewart

Editorial Manager: Mell Chun

Episode Mix and Compile: Danni Stewart

Host: Maddy Macquine

Social Media Producers: Matilda Fay and Angela Moran

Image: Paul Hanaoka via Unsplash