On Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Friends Community Room, there will be a screening and discussion of “Language of America – an Indian Story.”

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 a window into the beauty, mystery, and richness of a different culture — a culture that has existed in Maine for over 9,000 years, but is now 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.

The film will be followed by a question and answer community dialog with filmmaker Ben Levine.

Special accommodations for persons with disabilities can be made with 48 hours notice. Please call the Library at 594-0310.

This is one in a continuing Thursday series of literary, film and cultural offerings sponsored by the Rockland Public Library and The Friends of the Rockland Public Library. Admission is free.

For more information on the film and to view the trailer visit: www.languageofamerica.com