“Language of America — an Indian Story” will be screened Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Abbott Room of Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. The free screening of the documentary will be followed by a question-and-answer and community dialog session with the filmmaker Ben Levine of Rockland.

Filmed over a period of six years in Native communities throughout New England, “Language of America” demonstrates how language is not just a tool for communication, but also a window into the beauty, mystery and richness of a different culture — a culture that has existed in Maine for more than 9,000 years, but now is quickly approaching the brink of disappearance. The story follows members of three New England tribes — the Passamaquoddy, Wampanoag and Narrangansett — who against all odds are struggling to maintain their language and traditional ways of living in 21st century America.

An official selection of the Maine, Connecticut and Boston international film festivals, “Language of America” has been praised by viewers as an urgent call to one of the most critical issues of our generation, global language loss. At a time when half of the world’s 6,000 languages may disappear in the next 50 years, the film addresses a global pandemic in the towns of eastern Maine. As language diversity decreases in an increasingly globalized and interconnected world, “Language of America” shows the importance of keeping a language alive and what is at stake when any one of them is lost.

For more information about the film and to view the trailer, visit languageofamerica.com. For more information about the program, call the library at 338-3884, ext. 10.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.