COLOURS OF THE ALPHABET

 

United Kingdom / New Zealand / Zambia

80’, 2016

DIRECTED BY

Alastair Cole

PRODUCED BY

Nick Higgins

CINEMATOGRAPHER

EDITED BY

Colin Monie, Nick Gibbon

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A beautiful, inspiring, and bittersweet documentary 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 three first-time 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. Whilenearly 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.