Here is some blurb from an email (via Forensic Linguistics Mailing List)
We are nothing short of elated to announce that our documentary feature
THE LINGUISTS was selected to world premiere in the newly
minted “Spectrum: Documentary Spotlight” category at the 2008 Sundance
THE LINGUISTS is the first documentary supported by the National Science
Foundation to ever make it to Sundance.
The trailer is at http://www.thelinguists.com. Here’s a brief synopsis:
It is estimated that of 7,000 languages in the world, half will be gone by
the end of this century.
THE LINGUISTS follows David Harrison and Gregory Anderson, scientists
racing to document languages on the verge of extinction. In Siberia,
India, and Bolivia, the linguists’ resolve is tested by the very forces
silencing languages: institutionalized racism and violent economic unrest.
David and Greg’s journey takes them deep into the heart of the cultures,
knowledge, and communities at risk when a language dies.
Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, and Jeremy Newberger
Ironbound Films, Inc.
In this connection, see a ridiculous BBC News article about a language that is endangered because its two last speakers have stopped talking to each other. (Can’t remember where I got the link)