February 23-26, 2023

The Smithsonian’s Mother Tongue Film Festival celebrates cultural and linguistic diversity by showcasing films and filmmakers from around the world, highlighting the crucial role languages play in our daily lives. In 2023, the festival returns in person! Join us in Washington, DC, February 23 to 26. The full program and schedule will be announced in the coming months.

Our Mission

Through digital storytelling, the festival amplifies the work of diverse practitioners who explore the power of language to connect the past, present, and future.

Contact Email: mothertongue@si.edu

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