A student-created film profiling regional food production in the Western Lake Superior region that includes a 15-county area in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. Students in an anthropology course called Ethnobotany filmed, wrote, and edited four segments on local food producers.
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Winner Outstanding Short Documentary Emmy 2016 and 25 Film Festival Awards
On a remote mountaintop a brave social experiment is taking place.
Committed to raising children with love and compassion, former Buddhist monk Lobsang Phuntsok attempts to heal his own childhood abandonment by adopting 85 unwanted children and growing them as a family at Jhamtse Ghatsal, a remote children's community in the foothills of the Himalayas.
The film follows Jhamtse's newest arrival, a wild and troubled 5-year-old girl named Tashi, as she learns what love is and how it can help her to heal.
This documentary, filmed in 2016, shares the story of graduates of China's Yangjuan Primary School and shows the students' journeys from mountain-village kids to big-city students and professionals. As their supporters prepare to visit the southwest China village for the Torch Festival, a festival celebrated each year by people from the Nuosu ethnic group, the supporters learn that the school has been suddenly closed by the government officials who oversee village schools. Current students have strong reactions to the school's abrupt closing, including one sixth-grader who has her own ideas for how things in her village should be run. Will her vision take hold? Or will the school's future unfold in a different way? The documentary ends with these questions.
A Film by Tami Blumenfield (Furman University). Executive Producer: Stevan Harrell (University of Washington). Director of Photography: Chase Conrad (Davidson College). Editor and Creative Director: Elizabeth 'Givens' Parr.
Filmed in China in 2016. Edited in the United States and Taiwan in 2017. In Chinese, Nuosu, and English with English subtitles. 35 minutes.
NOWHERE TO CALL HOME: A TIBETAN IN BEIJING provides a rare and intimate glimpse into the world of a Tibetan farmer, torn between her traditional way of life and her desire for her son to have a better future in the city. Filmed in the slums of Beijing and a remote village, this gripping story of a woman determined to beat the odds puts a human face on the political strife that fractures China and Tibet. Along the way, it challenges common stereotypes about Tibetans and reveals a dark side of life in a traditional village, where, as the local saying goes, women “aren’t worth a penny.” Translated into ten languages, NOWHERE TO CALL HOME was awarded that prestigious Japan Foundation prize by public broadcaster NHK, and has received awards at other festivals. In China it has screened at dozens of universities, schools and other venues.
Trailer: May 2012