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English / Welsh (English subtitles)
This playful and poetic documentary from Welsh rock singer Gruff Rhys charts his journey across the heartland of America. His travels were inspired by 18th-Century explorer John Evans, who sailed the Atlantic to try to discover a tribe of Welsh-speaking Native Americans that were the subject of Welsh folklore. Starting at Yale University, where the map used by Evans is now stored, Rhys retraces his distant ancestor’s steps, complete with folk-pop ballad musical interludes. Things take a melancholic turn when Rhys visits the Mandan tribe in frozen North Dakota, who not only do not speak Welsh, but have had their own fragile language threatened by centuries of Anglophone cultural domination.
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