About Us

What’s perceived to be in a voice? In a word, in a language? How might that perception shape behavior and belief? What can we learn about ourselves and others when we examine language? Through mindful storytelling in podcast and documentary series formats, we explore fascinating language stories and experiences of people in our communities.

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Juan D. Freitez

PRODUCER, Director, editor

Juan is a filmmaker who documents multicultural, social and political issues in underrepresented communities. His documentary shorts have been featured on NPR, PRI, and NBC. His first feature-length film Health Undocumented has screened at national and international film festivals and has been translated into many languages from Spanish to Malay. Freitez has been hosted by renowned universities, including Stanford, Berkeley, Georgetown, and UCSD to present his work and lead discussions about the communities and topics documented in his films.

Aliyah Mitchell

executive producer, DIRECTOR, production manager

Aliyah is an Ann Arbor, MI-based language enthusiast and filmmaker. Her favorite projects examine the intersections of identity, belonging, and the language experiences of marginalized groups. Currently she’s producing and directing a feature length documentary, Road to Life, and an experimental short film “Un Ángel Soñador” and her work has been featured at the Independent Film Festival Ypsilanti and recognized by institutions like Colorado State, the University of Minnesota, University Wisconsin, and the University of California, Berkeley. She is a multimedia producer at the University of Michigan, and she continues to pursue stories that intentionally feature themes of language and linguistics.

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Kimmie Kim

executive producer

Kimmie Kim has extensive experience producing live shows, special events, and films. Her acclaimed documentary LIVE FROM NEW YORK!, a film that chronicles the 40-year history of SNL, premiered on the opening night of the Tribeca Film Festival in 2015. Kimmie also produced the Ed Sheeran documentary, SONGWRITERwhich world premiered at 2018 Berlin International Film Festival and had its North American premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. Kimmie is actively developing multiple projects across various genres, and she plans to continue her creative journey by telling stories that make the world laugh, think, and be inspired.