In the darkened projection room, the viewer hears twenty-five voices in succession speaking short passages in extinct or endangered languages. Susan Hiller collected the recordings for her twenty-one-minute audiovisual work The Last Silent Movie from a variety of archival sources. In some cases, the narrator is the last known speaker of the language.
Hiller writes that the work “allows us to hear the words and voices of people mostly now dead. In The Last Silent Movie, some of them sing, some tell stories, some recite vocabulary lists, and some of them, directly or indirectly, accuse us, the listeners, of injustice.”
— Alexandra M. Kokoli