Vowels: A Cinematic Homage to the Beauty of Language and Life
By Maria Popova
Language is beautiful. Vowels — not to be confused with the Ken Burns parody of the same name — is an exquisite reminder of that from filmmaker and visual storyteller Temujin Doran, who has previously delighted us with his thoughtful meditations on democracy and the art of protest, a bittersweet short film about his day job in a dying occupation, and some damn good advice. The film is based on a 1945 Linguaphone instructional recording.
Listen with headphones, watch in full screen.
For a related treat, see Radiolab’s Words.
Published April 2, 2012