Lily Yeh is a global artist who is fueled by a belief that art is a human right, and that artists can create a foundation for profound social change. Slight of frame, but large in spirit and vision, the 70-year-old artist was born in China, lives in Philadelphia, and now, as constant traveler, the world is her canvas.
This lyrical and emotionally wrenching film is a full portrait of the artist, documenting two sides of Lily's life: her international ventures mending the broken and helping to heal weakened spirits in communities in North America, Africa, China, and India, and a personal journey within, to repair her own fractured family.
The Barefoot Artist is the definitive telling of Lily Yeh's story in film. It will trace her evolution as an artist - from her first exposure to Chinese landscape painting as a young girl in China to the hauntingly beautiful memorial she designed to honor the victims of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. It will show her methodology for community building - using art as the foundation - which she has developed over many years as she has worked in impoverished communities around the world. It will showcase her remarkable artistry and talent in terms of the physical spaces she has transformed. It will show the power of her work in terms of the lives she has touched. Finally, it will reveal the source of her quest, and the personal costs of a life committed to the public.
The film is directed by Glenn Holsten and Daniel Traub.
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