Beyond Babel is the Multilingual Film Festival that FLAME organises annually, from which collects research data for volunteers in relation to the impact of film festival in film literacy and language learning.
The Beyond Babel project is linked to the OWRI AHRC Community Languages project. It investigates how regular film festivals dedicated to non-mainstream multilingual cinema can contribute to and enrich the arts and creative sector and how they can promote and develop a greater understanding of and appreciation for diversity. These are captured in the following research questions:
- What is the significance of multilingual films for audiences?
- What is an appropriate framework for engaging communities and educational institutions in the organisation and delivery of a film festival?
- How can this project influence other cultural bodies?
The third edition of the Beyond Babel Festival includes the prospective films and languages (to be confirmed):
Previous editions of Beyond Babel included the following themes and films:
Beyond Babel 2017: 8th-9th February 2017
- La Cour de Babel (Julie Bertucceli, 2013) – Soli, Nyanja, Bemba, English
- Colours of the Alphabet (Alastair Cole, 2016)
See the below the interview with the director of Colours of the Alphabet and a video about the 2017 festival:Beyond Babel 2017 – Film Festival – Interview with Director Alastair Cole. Beyond Babel Festival.
- Study Guide Colours of the Alphabet (part of the Beyond Babel project) supported by the OWRI/AHRC, written by Dr Carmen Herrero and Marta F Suarez here
- Study Guide La Cour de Babel (part of the Beyond Babel project) supported by the OWRI/AHRC, written by Dr Isabelle Vanderschelden here
- Study Guide Requisitos para ser una persona normal (part of the Beyond Babel project) supported by the OWRI/AHRC, written by Dr Carmen Herrero and Marta F Suarez here
Beyond Babel 2016: 7th May 2016
- Amreeka (Cherien Dabis, 2009) – Arabic and English
- Samba (Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, 2014) – French, English, Arabic, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian