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It is one man's obsessive pursuit of justice and dignity that led Jasmine Dellal into the Gypsies' hidden thousand-year-old culture. Charming and outspoken, Spokane resident Jimmy Marks defies widely held stereotypes-and his own people's code of secrecy-to unlock a Romani world in America and tell a story which is at once humorous and poignant and speaks of the community's continuing persecution.
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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.
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