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Language Sciences Film Series

Movie Night and Q&A series

Join Language Sciences for a series of virtual movie nights, followed by a Q&A with a language expert.

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Previous screenings and Q&As (2020-2021)
Date and Time Movie Speaker Access Link

This event was co-hosted with the Designing for People cluster

Tuesday 8th June 2021

Film screening/viewing: The film will be available for 48 hours from Friday 4th June at 6:00 p.m. (PDT) to Sunday 6th June at 6:00 p.m. (PDT). This film is also available at any time for current UBC students, faculty and staff via Criterion

Q&A: 11:00 a.m. on June 8th (PDT)

Ex Machina (2015)

Certification: MPAA: Rated R for graphic nudity, language, sexual references and some violence

Canada: PG (British Columbia)

Dr. Murray Shanahan

Scientific advisor on Ex Machina, author of book Embodiment and the Inner Life: Cognition and Consciousness in the Space of Possible Minds which helped inspire the film

Intro by Drs. Joanna McGrenere and Dongwook Yoon

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Friday 5th February 2021

Film screening/viewing: The film will be available from 2:00 p.m. Thursday 4th February to 2:00 p.m. Friday 5th February (PST)

Q&A: 2:00 p.m. on February 5th (PST)

Call Me Human (2020)

Joséphine Bacon and Kim O’Bomsawin

Innu poet and subject of Call Me Human. Director of Call Me Human

Intro by Dr. Billy-Ray Belcourt

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Thursday 26th November 2020

Film screening/viewing: 2:00 p.m. (PDT)

Q&A: 4:00 p.m. (PDT)

Arrival (2016)

Drs. Jessica Coon, Morgan Sonderegger and Lisa Travis

Professors of Linguistics, and consultants on the film

Intro by Dr. Jennifer Abel and Elise McClay

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Thursday 27th August 2020

Film screening/viewing: 5:00 p.m. (PDT)

Q&A: 6:30 p.m. (PDT)

Remembering Inninimowin (2010)

Jules Arita Koostachin

Director of Remembering Inninimowin, doctoral student in the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice

Intro by Dr. Dallas Hunt

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Thursday 2nd July 2020, 5:00 p.m. (PDT) 'First Words', an episode of Babies (2020)

Dr. Jenny Saffran

University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor of Psychology, and Principal Investigator of the UWM Infant Learning Lab, interviewed in First Words

Intro by Dr. Janet Werker

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Conlanging:  The Art of Crafting Tongues

The world’s first feature documentary about constructed languages like Klingon, Dothraki, Na’vi, Esperanto and the people who make them.

UBC Language Sciences held two screenings of the film Conlanging:  The Art of Crafting Tongues and hosted a panel discussion with the film co-producers on October 29th and 30th 2018.

These screenings were held in Vancouver and Kelowna, with panelists Christine Schreyer, Language creator for Man of Steel and Alpha (University of British Columbia - Okanagan); David Peterson, Language creator for HBO's Game of Thrones and many others; Robyn Stewart, Klingon speaker, translator for Star Trek: Discovery (Vancouver screening only); and Marc Okrand, Language creator of Klingon (Kelowna screening only).

The production of Conlanging: The Art of Crafting Tongues was supported by the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council.  Support for this screening is provided by the UBC Language Sciences Initiative through funds from the UBC Vice President Research + Innovation.