The following is a list of Esperanto-language films including features and documentaries. Esperanto was created in the late 1870s and early 1880s.

Feature films

There are four feature films known to have been shot exclusively in the constructed language Esperanto. Both Angoroj (Agonies) and Incubus were shot in the 1960s, and both were long thought lost[1][2] until restorations emerged in the 2010s.

Angoroj was produced in France in 1964 and directed by Atelier Mahé. It runs approximately one hour and its story involves murder. After a restoration and home video release (in the PAL format) in Switzerland, the film became unavailable until 2019.[3] Little detailed information about Angoroj is available, except that the cast included some proficient Esperantists, including Raymond Schwartz, who also directed skits for Parisian Esperanto cabarets.

The second feature was the 1965 American production Incubus, a low-budget black-and-white horror film directed by the creator of the television series The Outer Limits and starring William Shatner. Though the film is admired for its stark artistry, many Esperantists find that the actors spoke with poor pronunciation.[1]

The 2006 film Gerda malaperis! (Gerda Disappeared!)[4] and 2007 film La patro (The Father)[5] were produced by the Brazilian Esperanto film production company Imagu-filmoj.


Earlier examples of Esperanto in film consist mainly of old newsreel and documentary footage, some dating back as early as 1911, when the seventh international Esperanto conference was held in Antwerp, Belgium. The funeral of Esperanto creator L. L. Zamenhof in 1917 was filmed. French cinema sync sound pioneer, Léon Gaumont, made a short film about a Procession of supporters of Esperanto.[6] In 2011, Academy Award-nominated director Sam Green (The Weather Underground), released a new documentary in 2011 about Esperanto titled The Universal Language (La Universala Lingvo). This 30-minute film traces the history of Esperanto.

Films of Christopher Mihm

Starting with Attack of the Moon Zombies, Christopher Mihm has dubbed eight[7][8] of his self-described "new old good bad" films into Esperanto:

Use of Esperanto in film and television

See also


  1. ^ a b Adam Epstein (July 22, 2017). "The bizarre story of a long-lost horror film made entirely in Esperanto, starring William Shatner".
  2. ^ "Esperanto film Angoroj has been posted for download".
  3. ^ "Angoroj (1964) estas la unua longdaŭra filmo originale parolata en Esperanto. Produktadlando: Francio". 21 Dec 2019.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "Gerda Malaperis (esperanto)".
  5. ^ "La Patro, Daŭro: 40 minutoj, Direktoro: Joe Bazilio Costa". July 2007.
  6. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "Optocht van voorstanders van het Esperanto". 1911.
  7. ^ "AMA: Christopher Mihm (Esperanto filmmaker)".
  8. ^ "The online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm". Retrieved April 19, 2020.
  9. ^ Schotter, Jesse (2018). Hieroglyphic Modernisms: Writing and New Media in the Twentieth Century. Edinburgh University Press. p. 39. ISBN 9781474424783. Retrieved 18 October 2019.. It mentions the words Etali and Farina as examples of Esperanto signs. It references "[Hitchcock's] famous interview with François Truffaut.
  10. ^ anon.: “Cantinho Verde: O esperanto em marcha” A Vida Social (1940.06.01): p.7. Lisbon
  11. ^ En una de las escenas aparecen unos obreros anarquistas aprendiendo esperanto. Spanish Wikipedia.
  12. ^ ""Esperanto" Animation". Youtube, on Zacho Oh's channel.
  13. ^ "俺流キャッシング成功術!". Archived from the original on 2010-09-18.
  14. ^ "Tuğçe Sen: "En mia koro kaj menso mi naskiĝis esperantisto"".
  15. ^ "Red-vs-blue, season 15 episode 5". Retrieved April 19, 2020.