PHILADELPHIA, May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The Klingon Language Institute (KLI) invites Star Trek fans and anyone curious about Klingon language and culture to a small qep le' (a fun and educational meeting) during the Cannes Film Festival and Market, Saturday, 15 May from 14:00 - 17:00 at Le Pavillon Croisette, 42 La Croisette, Cannes. The seminar is free of charge. Several members of the KLI will attend the festival to support and promote a new documentary called "Earthlings: Ugly Bags of Mostly Water," an entertaining film about Klingon Language speakers that will make its international debut at the Cannes Film Market. The qep le' will provide an extraordinary opportunity for people who are curious about the Klingon language and culture to visit with KLI members who are fluent in Klingon. During the qep le', guests can expect to learn some Klingon phrases and play interactive games in Klingon. A brief photography session will follow the meeting so that guests can have a picture taken with a Klingon in full regalia. "These are very entertaining, educational learning sessions," says Dr. Lawrence Schoen, Director of the Klingon Language. "Frequently we will have many Klingonists show up in Klingon garb -- and that makes the gathering even more special." About the Klingon Language Institute Founded in 1992, the Klingon Language Institute continues its mission of bringing together individuals interested in the study of Klingon linguistics and culture, and providing a forum for discussion and the exchange of ideas. Klingon may sound (intentionally) alien, but it is a complete language with its own vocabulary, grammar, and usage. Several factors explain the popularity of the warrior's tongue. While there have been other artificial languages, and other languages crafted for fictional beings, Klingon is one of the rare times when a trained linguist has been called upon to create a language for aliens. Additionally, one must consider 30+ years of the Star Trek phenomenon, a mythos that has permeated popular culture and spread around the globe. KLI members are diverse, including Star Trek fans with curiosity and questions about the Klingon language, RP gamers wishing to lend some authenticity to a Klingon character, and students and professionals in the fields of linguistics, philology, computer science, and psychology who see the Klingon language as a useful metaphor in the classroom or who simply wish to mix vocation with avocation. Though based in the USA, the Institute is actually an international endeavor, presently reaching 50 countries on all seven continents through approximately 2,500 members. For more information about the Klingon Language Institute, please visit www.kli.org. Details about "Earthlings: Ugly Bags of Mostly Water" can be found at www.earthlings-movie.com.
SOURCE Klingon Language Institute