What does it tell us about the direction of our society that the list is long of TV shows and films that describe the road into the future as dire and dark? Now add to that list, which ranges from The Road to Mad Max, the narrative short Remigration. What distinguishes this film from the rest of this desperate genre is its focus on a massive problem: the ever-increasing disparity of wealth in this country, a problem that many economists believe is the most serious one facing the U.S. And, while it may not sound like a sexy subject for a film, director Barry Jenkins (who also made Medicine for Melancholy) has carefully crafted a spooky story that rings true and feels like it could be non-fiction before long.
Linguists have never before seen the likes of Jessie Little Doe. A member of a Native American tribe called the Wampanoag, Little Doe resuscitated that tribe’s language, which had been dead for over a century. Inspired by a dream, Little Doe set out to make her dream real. The Wampanoag people were some of the first to greet the Pilgrims when they landed in the New World; hence there exists a thick record of documents written in or translated to Wampanoag, including the Bible in its entirety. Aided by these documents, as well as the award of a MacArthur Grant, Little Doe pieced together linguistic clues to her ancestors’ spoken word. In an age when hundreds of languages die each year, the story of one woman’s journey to bring back her ancestral language is a hopeful tale made most poignant through the first hesitant words of a child: Little Doe’s daughter, the first native speaker of Wampanoag in over a century.