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The Real Translation Project 2017-18

Final-year students of Spanish try their hand at subtitling!

Another project has been completed by students of the School of Modern Languages.  Final-year students of Spanish carried out an audio-visual translation of the documentary ‘Protestas, Propuestas y Procesos’ by French director Pablo Malek and Colectivo Palante.  The project, undertaken in collaboration with CRIC Cultural Narratives of Crisis & Renewal, involved the students in making a transcription of the 1hr45min Spanish audio track, translating it into English and finally producing the subtitles.

The documentary revisits 10 years of social struggles and counter-cultural movements in Lima, Peru.  It tracks a range of local collectives of young people using music, mural painting and photography to create alternatives to mainstream media and institutional structures.

Fifteen students of Spanish in their final year, 5 of them Erasmus students, volunteered to take part in the audio-visual translation project, as part of the Real Translation Project, with input from three members of staff – Dr Patricia Oliart, Dr Pauline Henry-Tierney and Angela Uribe de Kellett. Reflecting on what they gained, a couple of students wrote: “It felt great to contribute to a team out in Peru and be a part of this project from the other side of the world.” “I felt that I had made a real difference and positive impact for the project.”

The Real Translation Project, now in its ninth year, has contributed to a great number of organisations at local, national and international level, with the participation of nearly 450 Modern Languages students.

Angela Uribe de Kellett, Director, Real Translation Project

Final-year students celebrate completing their audio-visual translation project with their lecturers
Final-year students celebrate completing their audio-visual translation project with their lecturers

published on: 31 May 2018