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The mini-documentary, DC Understands, Language is a Right!, was created through a partnership between the Office on Latino Affairs (OLA) and Torre Visual, during the summer and fall of 2012.  Shot by a team of local youths trained in video-interviewing techniques, the program takes to the city’s streets to hear directly from D.C. residents about the importance of the Language Access Law. The film also chronicles the making of the Language Access for All in DC mural, created during the summer of 2012, and it discusses other grassroots projects involving the youths to spread awareness of the D.C. Language Access Act.

Through this film, we have begun a dialogue on why access to public services in one’s language of preference is important, particularly to those 23,000-plus individuals living in the District who speak English “less than very well” (Source: Migration Policy Institute Table on the “Number, Share and Growth of the Limited English Proficient (LEP) in United States 1990 to 2010”).