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The Interpreter Film Nominated for Indiewire Project of the Year: Vote Now!

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 11, 2016 2:10:18 PM / by Katharine Allen & Barry S. Olsen posted in conflict zone interpreting, The Interpreter Film, Interpreter

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15 January 2016 Voting update: Thank you to all who took the time to vote for The Interpreter film project as 2015 Indiewire project of the year. The competition was stiff and the project finished 5th out of 12. Not bad at all. The good news is production of the film is moving forward and there will be many other opportunities to promote this film and the important issue it addresses. 

Go to Indiewire to See Vote Results

Back in August 2015, YOU (individual interpreters and language service companies) flexed your muscles and opened your wallets to help make The Interpreter a reality by supporting the film’s KickStarter campaign. Because of your support, the project was able to garner over $27k in initial funding to make it a reality. Production is now scheduled for May and June 2016. More production updates below.

Now we have even more great news. The Interpreter film has been nominated for 2015 Indiewire project of the year, along with 11 other projects. The winner of this prestigious award will be given a spot at the Tribeca Film Institute's Filmmaker and Industry Meetings at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. About the possibility, Director Robert Ham said, “Getting this issue in front of big film industry folks at such a prestigious film festival like Tribeca would be amazing for our film, but more importantly, it would draw greater attention to the interpreters that we have left behind.”

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A Moment of Gratitude for Interpreters Worldwide

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 25, 2015 9:38:50 AM / by Katharine Allen & Barry S. Olsen posted in healthcare interpreting, conflict zone interpreting, Afghanistan, Interpreter, translator

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Interpreters are terrible at grabbing the spotlight. From the booth to the exam room, from the refugee agency, battlefield, and the court room, interpreters are trained to be as invisible and unobtrusive as possible.

Of course, we never really are. Just as feet perceive the bridge under the soles of their shoes when crossing from one side to another, so is the interpreter who bridges communication between those who don't speak the same language visible. We are not part of the multilingual conversation, but we are present for it. We facilitate it. Without us, it cannot take place.

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Update on Funding for The Interpreter Film: You Are Making a Difference!

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 18, 2015 10:15:33 AM / by Katharine Allen & Barry S. Olsen posted in interpreting, conflict zone interpreting, military interpreting, conflict zones

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We’ve come a long way, now it's time to bring it home and make this film a reality. The support of the interpreting community can put it over the top.

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This Is Our Chance to Support Afghan and Iraqi Interpreters

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 11, 2015 6:00:00 AM / by Katharine Allen & Barry S. Olsen posted in interpreting, translation, conflict zone interpreting, military interpreting

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The clock is ticking for Farooq Haqmali. An Afghan interpreter who is promised a visa by the U.S. Government after the Taliban threatens to kill him...

So begins the based-on-reality story of Farooq, a fictional interpreter who represents the many thousands of real Afghani and Iraqi interpreters left behind when the U.S. and allied forces pulled out of both wars. 

You've see the news stories. It's hard not to be moved by the plight of our most vulnerable colleagues. Many of you have asked yourself, "but what can I do?" At InterpretAmerica, we have often asked ourselves the same question. Now we have an answer.




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