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To celebrate the United Nation’s International Mother Language Day on February 21, the producers of the documentary Saved by Language are organizing the Judeo-Spanish Language Week online festival. Four documentary films and one audio project about the endangered language of Judeo-Spanish (Ladino) will be available for free from February 21 to February 26 on http://muestroespanyol.com/.
One of the goals of International Mother Language Day is to highlight the importance of preserving endangered languages. UNESCO estimates that half of the world’s 6000 languages are at risk of extinction, at the rate of one language dying every few weeks.
The purpose of the Judeo-Spanish Language Week online festival is to give people an opportunity to learn more about the Judeo-Spanish language that originates from the Sephardic Jews expelled from Spain during the Inquisition. The language has two main varieties: Haketia, originating from North Africa — a mix of 15th century Spanish with Arabic, Hebrew and French— and the Judeo-Spanish dialects that developed in the Balkans and Turkey —a mix of 15th century Spanish with influences from Turkish, Greek, Hebrew, Arabic French and Slavic languages. The media in this series illustrate the rich tapestry of voices that make up the Judeo-Spanish language and Sephardic lifestyles from around the world.