PBS Premiere: July 5, 1988
Rich in humor and regional color, this sometimes hilarious film uses the prism of language to reveal our attitudes about the way other people speak. From Boston Brahmins to Black Louisiana teenagers, from Texas cowboys to New York professionals, American Tongues elicits funny, perceptive, sometimes shocking, and always telling comments on American English in all its diversity. (60 minutes)
Premiere Date: July 5, 1988
Streaming Dates: Expired
Filmmakers: Louis Alvarez, Andrew Kolker
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In this extended interview that is part of POV's Behind the Lens series, filmmakers Alvarez and Kolker talk about the work they started doing in the 1980s, the challenges facing documentary filmmakers at that time, and how nonfiction filmmaking has evolved over the past three decades.