The Sri Lankan tea industry is undergoing a renaissance. Once upon a time nearly 60% of all revenue exports were from tea. With the end of decades of civil war and an improving economy the tea industry is set to boom again. Eco tourism and organic blends are being used to try and help sell Sri Lankan tea to the world.
Aljazeera's Steve Chao reports from the Western Highlands of Sri Lanka.
Skateistan: To Live And Skate Kabul is a beautifully shot film that
follows the lives of a group of young skateboarders in Afghanistan. Operating against the backdrop of war and bleak prospects, the Skateistan charity project is the world’s first co-educational skateboarding school, where a team of international volunteers work with girls and boys between the ages of 5 and 17, an age group largely untouched by other aid programmes.
Set on the Cape Verde islands off the western coast of Africa, this
short film shows how three young men struggling with the country’s limited opportunities took the tourists’ sport of kitesurfing and made it their own – with one even becoming world champion.
Titik, Mitu and Djo explain how they spent their early days skipping school at the beach and learning from the global surf community any way that they could. Now they have set up a surf school that teaches the tourists, and offers hope to others who are stuck in the island’s slums.
This is an insider’s view of Beijing’s underground comic art
scene and follows five members of the comic group “Cult Youth”. Combining film with animation, the documentary depicts the lives, works and personalities of these struggling and engaging artists. Set against the background of the oppressive publishing industry in China, Cult Youth celebrates the benefits of shared creativity against the odds.