Raising the Words

I've been working with director/photographer Chloë Ellingson on a short documentary called Raising the Words. It is a lyrical piece about a group of people in the Iroquois community who are working to revitalize the Mohawk (or Kanien'keha) language, which is on the verge of becoming extinct. The documentary follows six characters who speak about their personal connection to the language, about what it means to have one's ancestral language taken away and how language influences our identity.