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Fernando Valencia and his eight year old son, Dylan are big fans of the Pixar movie Coco. It has been released in almost 50 languages but they realized that it hasn’t been released in Quechua, a language spoken by two million people in Peru. They wanted to ensure that children who spoke Quechua could enjoy the film so they decided to dub the movie in Quechua themselves.
This was a challenging process for the father and son. Dylan did not speak Quechua so he had to practice each line extensively. On top of that it’s a big job to completely dub a movie that is over an hour and a half long.
I love this story because I think this project is really important. English speaking people have an advantage over other language speakers, we can go most places in the world and expect that at least one person will speak our language. Much of the media created is created with English speakers in mind, because this is so common place it’s easy to forget how lucky we are. This story serves as an important reminder and it’s wonderful to see people taking action to correct this imbalance.
I also admire Dylan’s dedication to this project. Learning a new language is difficult, it can be tempting to give up and stick to your language. Dylan persevered, he sat in his discomfort and accomplished something amazing! If you are struggling with something take Dylan’s lead, stick with it!
The idea of Feel Good Fridays started because, we believe the simple things that bring a smile to our face, are some of the best things. Smiling and laughing has been proven to reduce stress in our lives! When we smile or laugh it releases neurotransmitters in our brain called endorphins, which are in charge of making us happy and helping to relieve stress.
Kathryn is a recent MSW graduate currently trying to #adult. Prior to joining mindyourmind Kathryn worked with youth in the community development sector. She loves being part of a team and working on creative projects. In her spare time Kathryn is a proud plant parent, home chef and avid volunteer. Kathryn is excited to be a part of the mindyourmind team and looks forward to working on innovative and stigma busting projects.
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