Those Who Come, Will Hear

A cinematic journey to the disappearing languages.

There are approximately 2500 endangered languages in the world. Every other week one of them dies along with the last person speaking it. Those Who Come, Will Hear is a cinematic journey to the disappearing languages of indigenous Quebec people and their cultural significance.

Speakers of Abenaki, Innu, Inuttitut, Kanien’keháka ja Naskapi reveal fascinating details about their native tongues, their struggle with disappearing languages and their passions for the oral traditions of their ancestors. Simon Plouffle does not attempt to explain everything with his film that is constructed with intimate character portraits, discussions and archive footage. Language comes close to the viewer through tangible images. What becomes significant is the inseparable relationship between language and the natural environment, the knowledge tied to the land and experience that has been passed from one generation to another through oral tradition.

Although languages change due to influence by the surrounding society and the governing languages spoken around them, everyday ways of language use such as making radio programmes or teaching children may become radical means for decolonisation and invigorating language.

Minna Nurmi (Translation: Marko Pyhähuhta)

Language: Many different languages
Subtitles: English (partly)

  • Name in Original Language: Ceux qui viendront, l'entendront
  • Director: Simon Plouffe
  • Country: Canada
  • Year: 2018
  • Length: 77 min
  • Age limit: S
  • Format: DCP
  • Cinematography: Simon Plouffe, Stéphanie Weber-Biron, Gabriele Kisla
  • Editing: Natalie Lamoureux
  • Music: Geronimo Inutiq
  • Production: Simon Plouffe / Les Films de l'Autre


  • Kinopalatsi 7: Tue 29.1. at 14.30
  • Maxim 2: Fri 1.2. at 17.00
  • Kinopalatsi 6: Sun 3.2. at 11.30