DENVER, Colo., April 30 /PRNewswire/ - Producers of the entertaining
documentary, "Earthlings: Ugly Bags of Mostly Water," revealed today that
Actor Michael Dorn, recognized worldwide for his role as 'Worf' in the Star
Trek film and television franchise, stars in the documentary film about
Klingon language and culture. "Earthlings" will make its international debut
at the Cannes Film Market, May 12 - 23 (booth 23.01, Palais des Festivals).
"The perspective of Michael Dorn, the world's most recognized Klingon,
provides both serious and comedic elements to the project," said "Earthlings"
Director Alexandre Philippe. "This is a man who embodies all the elements of
a Klingon warrior: honor, respect, ferocity. For years, Klingon fans have
looked to the Worf character for their education in Klingon culture."
The entertaining documentary "Earthlings: Ugly Bags of Mostly Water"
captures the lives, passions and quirks of the members of the Klingon Language
Institute during their annual qep'a' (conference). Klingon is, of course, the
warrior language invented by Linguist Marc Okrand for the Star Trek television
show and movie franchise.
While Mr. Dorn is enthusiastic and amazed at the growth and popularity of
Klingon language and culture, he does mention (while reciting some
Shakespeare) that the translation of Hamlet into Klingon might be a disservice
to the complexity of the author's intention.
Nevertheless, the movement to transliterate the tragedy into Klingon began
as a throw-away line during "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" in which
a Klingon Chief proclaims that to truly understand "Hamlet" it must be read,
"In the original Klingon." The first version of "Hamlet" in the Klingon
language was published in 1996. Since then the comedy "Much Ado About
Nothing" and virtually all of the renowned author's sonnets are now available
Mr. Dorn also relates the positive effects that speaking Klingon might
have on political communications, as the language is more clear and direct
since it is comprised of only 2,500 words.
Beyond Mr. Dorn, other 'ugly bags of mostly water' (a term used to
describe Terrans, humans on earth), the Picture Show introduces Rich Yampell
(Captain Krankor), the musical composer for whom the Klingon national anthem,
'taHaj wo' ('Long Live the Empire') might turn out to be his only hit song,
Dr. d'Armond Speers, a Denver-based linguist who spoke only Klingon to his son
until age three-and-a-half, and Michael J. Oetting, a studious postal worker,
who attends the 2003 qep'a' to pass a language facility exam because he wants
to gain respect for himself and officially possess the grand spirit of a
For more information about "Earthlings: Ugly Bags of Mostly Water," please
SOURCE SONEW Productions