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Schooling the World: The White Man's Last Burden

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"If you wanted to change an ancient culture in a generation, how would you do it? You would change the way it educates its children. The U.S. Government knew this in the 19th century when it forced Native American children into government boarding schools. Today, volunteers build schools in traditional societies around the world, convinced that school is the only way to a 'better' life for indigenous children. But is this true? What really happens when we replace a traditional culture's way of learning and understanding the world with our own? Beautifully shot on location in the Buddhist culture of Ladakh in the northern Indian Himalayas, [the film] takes a challenging, sometimes funny, ultimately deeply disturbing look at the effects of modern education on the world's last sustainab [...]
DVD
2010
Clemons (Stacks)
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Death of a Shaman

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"In 'Death of a Shaman', a young mien woman from Sacramento, Fahm Saeyang responds to her father's unsettled life and death by taking a reverse journey to examine the heartbreaking path he took from respectability to hopelessness-and from Southeast Asia to America-in a heartfelt personal mission to understand his tragic story. This dual journey helps 'Death of a Shaman' examine with painful honesty how Fahm's Mien immigrant family suffered through a 20 year ordeal of poverty, racism, religions, drugs, jail, and the murder of a family member. It is a chronicle of a darker side of the pursuit of the American dream that affected many of the 40,000 Mien who came from a primitive life in the mountains of Southeast Asia to America. 'Death of a Shaman' is also a moving account of Fahm's nee [...]
DVD
2003
Clemons (Stacks)
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Chu Shi He Ta de Qing Ren: The Cook and His Lover

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This film explores the changing ancient traditions of the Hani ethnic group in the context of a market economy. According to Hani tradition, boys and girls are free to have different sex partners as long as they remain unmarried. But it is absolutely forbidden to get close to any married woman, and those who break this taboo may be beaten to death by other villagers. After working as a cook in the city and losing his partner there, one man from this group returns home only to find he is out of favor because he has no money. He resumes his relationhip with a former lover, who is unhappy in her marriage, and decides to risk his life to preserve his own "paradise".
DVD
2006; 2002
Clemons (Stacks)
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Feng Liu de Hu: A Lake of Romance

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The Mosuo people living around Lugu Lake in northwestern Yunnan retain the traditional practice of "roving matches" to this day. In this film, the old Mosuos tell the true story of their "roving matches" and also illustrate the changes being brought about by the influx of tourists.
DVD
2006; 2005
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Fall of Womenland

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A documentary on the unique sexual culture of the Mosuo people, a small minority situated in the southwest of China, and one of the last remaining matriarchal societies in the world. Without a formal marriage contract, the Mosuo traditionally build relationships based on free love and sexual satisfaction ("walking marriages"). But can the sexual liberty and power of the Mosuo women survive as modern Chinese society slowly encroaches their ancestral land? The film explores the present reality for the Mosuo people as well as the dangers that threaten their inherited way of life--Container.
DVD
2009
Clemons (Stacks)
6.

Slash and Burn Dialogues

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Slash and burn cultivation, the dominant form of agriculture in North East India, is deeply tied up with the culture and traditions of the region. However, it is increasingly posing a threat to the rich biodiversity here. The film explores the fault lines between traditions, the environment, and the rural community.
DVD
2006
Clemons (Stacks)
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A Bridge So Near

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Documentary on the Bhutanese social life and customs and its relation with India.
DVD
2004; 2006
Clemons (Stacks)
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Folk Traditions of Rama-Katha in the North East

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The Ramayana is an epic that has been transported and transplanted into various languages and cultures. There are different culture specific renditions of Rama Katha, where the character of Rama stands out as virtuous, righteous and noble. This film is a journey through the North East, where irrespective of cultural and racial differences, Rama's story has been accepted and at times rewritten, to adopt their own social and cultural milieu.
DVD
2013
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Kesar Saga

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On the folk tradition around the legendary folk character of Gesar of Tibet.
DVD
2000
Clemons (Stacks)
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A Dialogue With Women Priestesses of Lepchas

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"The film was documented under IGNCA's Narivada project wherein a holistic view of Lepchas priestessess is explored through various nuances of dialogue and rituals. Geographically Lepchas reside in Sikkim and Darjeeling district and Kanchenjunga remains its core of sacred belief. Lepcha believe that mounts denotes male and lake denotes female. Lepchas women priestesses are said to be gift of god and they believe that they are reincarnation. Women priestesses of Lepchas command huge social respect among the Lepchas community and are living in the land o of hidden paradise. The film documents the process of becoming the Lepchas priestesses through three major stages. The film in short revolves around the belief system and the orality of Lepchas spiritualism within the broad vision of w [...]
DVD
2005
Clemons (Stacks)