Colours of the Alphabet

Friday 13 September

Woolnough Lecture Theatre, Geography & Geology Building

  • On Campus

Event details


  • Woolnough Lecture Theatre, Geography & Geology Building
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Date and time

  • Friday 13 September
    5:30pm - 8:00pm

Event type

  • On Campus


  • Studying at UWA
  • Studying at another tertiary institution
  • Graduates or near graduates


  • Registrations open

The UWA Africa Research Engagement Centre (AfREC) is partnering with the Organisation for Zambians Living in WA (OZALIWA), Organisation of African Communities in WA (OAC) and the UWA Discipline of Linguistics to convene a free screening of Colours of the Alphabet, a 2016 documentary film set in Zambia. The event is part of Social Sciences Week 2019 in Perth and will feature Zambian food, the film screening, and an open discussion of some key themes raised.

Colours of the Alphabet is a feature documentary film on language and childhood in Africa, telling the story of three Zambian children and their families over two school terms, and asking the question: does the future have to be in English? Steward, Elizabeth and M’barak are three first time school pupils in rural Zambia, struggling to make sense of an educational system where the language they speak at home is different from the language used in the classroom, and slowly discovering that their tongue is no longer their own. When nearly 40% of the world’s population lack access to education in their own language, the film offers an intimate, moving and often humorous insight into a global phenomenon from the unique perspective of three innocent children.

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Event schedule: 

  • 5.30pm: arrival and Zambian food
  • 6.10pm: brief introductions by event conveners
  • 6.20pm: film screening (80 mins)
  • 7.40pm: open discussion of key themes raised
  • 8.00pm: event close.

Venue map for Woolnough Lecture Theatre, Geography & Geology Building, 225:107