Director: Alastair Cole
Producer: Nick Higgins
UK / New Zealand
Country of filming: Zambia
Premiere: Glasgow Film Festival 2016, currently touring film festivals internationally.
Available with subtitles in: English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
An inspiring, bittersweet film on language and childhood, following three Zambian children and their families over their first year of school, and asking: Does the future have to be in English?
Steward, Elizabeth and M’barak are 6 year olds struggling to make sense of an educational system where the language they speak at home is different from the language used in the classroom. 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
Formore information and current screenings please visit the film’s dedicated website: www.coloursofthealphabet.com