Holding Fast is a visual essay on a Tibetan refugee camp in Darjeeling, India. In 2007 composer Randall Woolf approached John C. Walsh and Mary Harron about making a short film together. Walsh and Harron suggested a portrait of a Tibetan Refugee Camp they had visited and found captivating. The income of the Tibetan people there comes mostly from the carpets they make, which take two women over three weeks to weave by hand. These are then sold to tourists along with other crafts. The filmmakers were extended unlimited access including an invitation to film a private community prayer session. The music is composed of natural sounds from the videotapes, which are manipulated and combined with other electronics created by Woolf. To this, he added an acoustic violin (performed by Jennifer Choi). Woolf then handed the completed music track over to the filmmakers. Reversing the usual scoring process, the filmmakers edited their footage to this music. The result is Holding Fast.

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