Living Quechua

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Penn Museum


About the film: Elva Ambía Rebatta's first language is Quechua, but when she left her town in Peru as a young woman to find work in the United States, speaking Spanish and English became critical for her to survive. While Quechua - a language indigenous to South America - continues to be spoken around the world as a result of such migration stories, UNESCO and other initiatives recognize it as an endangered language. Now in her seventies, Elva decides to help cultivate a Quechua-speaking community in New York City. Living Quechua, a short film directed by Christine Mladic, follows Elva through the challenges and successes of trying to keep Quechua alive.