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Asian Study


Asian Study



WITHOUT SHEPHERDS

Directed by Cary McClelland, Imran Babur (Co-Director)

Six bold Pakistanis from very different walks of life attempt to build a new future while struggling with their country's current crisis.

Six bold people navigate the dangerous waters of Pakistan's current crisis to discover a new tomorrow: a cricket star starts a progressive political party, a female journalist goes behind Taliban lines, an ex-mujahid seeks redemption, a trucker crosses dangerous territory to feed his family, a supermodel pushes feminism through fashion, and a subversive Sufi rocker uses music to heal.

Filmed by a team of Americans and Pakistanis over two years, WITHOUT SHEPHERDS cuts through alarmist media depictions of the country to celebrate the bravery of its people.
Award
~ Grand Chameleon, Best Documentary Brooklyn Film Festival


DVD / 2013 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adult) / 145 minutes

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DREAMING LHASA

Director: Ritu Sarin & Tenzing Sonam

Karma, a Tibetan filmmaker from New York, goes to Dharamsala, the Dalai Lama's exile headquarters in northern India, to make a documentary about former political prisoners who have escaped from Tibet. She wants to reconnect with her roots but is also escaping a deteriorating relationship back home.

One of Karma's interviewees is Dhondup, an enigmatic ex-monk who has just escaped from Tibet. He confides in her that his real reason for coming to India is to fulfill his dying mother's last wish, to deliver a charm box to a long-missing resistance fighter. Karma finds herself unwittingly falling in love with Dhondup even as she is sucked into the passion of his quest, which becomes a journey into Tibet's fractured past and a voyage of self-discovery.


DVD (With English Subtitles) / 2007 / () / 90 minutes

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KABUL TRANSIT

A street-level documentary that explores the soul of a city devastated by nearly three decades of war.

In the broken cityscape of Kabul, Afghanistan, amid the dust and rubble of war, Westerners and Afghans adjust to the uncertain possibilities of peace. Kabul Transit shuttles through the broken streets of the city, moving between public space and private, listening in on conversations, posing questions, probing the darker alleys mainstream media avoids. The result is a unique cinematic experience-a shifting mosaic of encounters and raconteurs, captured glances and telling gestures, all beautifully shot and woven together by the music and the found sounds of a city sluggishly coming to life. Rejecting the usual device of narration and portraiture, the film asks the viewer to experience Kabul as a newly arrived visitor would-with a freshness born of apprehension on finding oneself in a place that is at once hauntingly strange and altogether familiar.

Award
~ Award of Commendation, Society for Visual Anthropology Film & Video Festival, American Anthropological Association


DVD (Color, Closed Captioned, With English & Spanish Subtitles) / 2006 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adult) / 84 minutes

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SILENT WATERS

Director: Sabiha Sumar

Silent Waters is set in 1979 in Pakistan, when General Zia-ul-Haq took control of the country and stoked the fires of Islamic nationalism. Ayesha, a Muslim woman who gets by on her late husband's pension and by teaching young girls the Koran, invests her hopes in her beloved son Saleem. But when Saleem takes up with a group of Islamic fundamentalists just as a group of Sikh pilgrims come to town, Ayesha's haunted past turns her present life upside down.


DVD (Urdu and Punjabi, With English Subtitles) / 2004 / () / 99 minutes

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AFTER SILENCE: CIVIL RIGHTS AND THE JAPANESE-AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

Examines the treatment of Japanese- Americans during WW II, and its relevance to post 9/11 America.

This film poses the question "What does it mean to be an American in a time of uncertainty and fear?" The subject area is the fragile nature of civil rights, and it explores the Japanese- American internment through the lens of 9/11.

As a child, Dr. Frank Kitamoto and his family lived on Bainbridge Island, WA, where the U.S. government first ordered Japanese- Americans to register, and leave their homes, and then interned them in detention camps-a panic-stricken reaction to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. For decades, the Japanese- American community rarely spoke of the disturbing experience of their exclusion and incarceration.

In AFTER SILENCE the past comes alive as Frank-who spent 3 ? years of his childhood in a United States internment camp during WWII-and five students from his island community develop archival photographic prints in the high school darkroom. Together, Frank and the students discuss the need to safeguard the constitutional rights of those living in the United StatesíKespecially in times of crisis.

Award
~ CINE Golden Eagle Award


DVD (Color) / 2003 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 30 minutes

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RETURN TO KANDAHAR

Post-war Afghanistan, as seen through the eyes of Nelofer Pazira, star of the movie "Kandahar," as she searches for her childhood friend.

Nelofer Pazira, the star of the movie "Kandahar," returns to Afghanistan to seek out her childhood friend Dyana, whose story inspired that film. Landing in Kabul 13 years after her family left Russian-occupied Afghanistan, Nelofer unravels her past and the history of her country while searching for Dyana; the epic journey takes her to Kabul, Kandahar and Masir-e- Sharif, where Dyana's uncle last had contact with her family.

Nelofer journeys across a broken land smashed by war with the Russians, years of anarchy under the Northern Alliance, the Taliban, and now by America's "war on terror." Incisively weaving Nelofer's personal story with that of Afghanistan itself, RETURN TO KANDAHAR shows a country once again in the grip of warlords

Awards
~ Best of the Festival, Columbus International Film & Video Festival
~ Best International Documentary, Wine Country Film Festival
~ Best International Documentary Feature, Bare Bones International Film Festival
~ Best Social/Political Documentary, The Gemini Awards (Canadian Emmy)


DVD (Color) / 2003 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adult) / 65 minutes

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S21: THE KHMER ROUGE KILLING MACHINE

Director: Rithy Pahn

In 1975-79, almost two million Cambodians lost their lives to murder and famine when the Khmer Rouge forced the urban population into the countryside to fulfill their ideal of an agrarian utopia.

The notorious detention center code-named 'S21' was the schoolhouse-turned prison where 17,000 men, women and children were tortured and killed, their "crimes" meticulously documented to justify their execution.

In this award-winning documentary and astonishing historical document, survivor Vann Nath confronts his captors, some of whom were as young as 12 years old when they committed their atrocities.

Awards
~ WINNER! International Human Rights Award 2004
~ WINNER! Best Documentary, Chicago Int'l Film Festival & European Film Awards
~ WINNER! Francois Chalais Award, Cannes Film Festival


DVD (Khmer, With English Subtitles) / 2003 / () / 101 minutes

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CITY LIFE: MY HANOI

Tour of rapidly urbanizing Hanoi, and the effect on citizens and culture.

Hanoi is one the new global cities of the 21st century--a burgeoning center of international trade and tourism, in competition with other fast growing cities of South East Asia and the south China region. Growing urbanization has led to a boom in construction: market reform and globalization have caused an influx of Western consumer goods.

My Hanoi is the story of Tran Thuy Linh, whose family has lived in the flower village area of Hanoi for generations, but now must move. Thuy describes the extended family she grew up with in the flower village, and charts the stories of their lives against the backdrop of the changing skyline of the city -- old people, young people, politicians, housewives, and the migrant day laborers who work on the construction sites.

Seen through Thuy's eyes, the program profiles a city in a period of dramatic change -- emerging from colonialism and the still painful memory of the Vietnam War, through socialism to the current free market era where a younger generation is asserting itself as a force for change.

Award
~ Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting


DVD (Color) / 2001 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 27 minutes

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ARROWS AGAINST THE WIND

The Dani and the Asmat come face to face with the modern world in Irian Jaya.

West Papua, also known as Irian Jaya, is the "Amazon of Asia." It is a land of vast jungles and tropical rainforests where, for 25,000 years, numerous indigenous tribes have lived in spiritual harmony with the land. Filmed secretly in Irian Jaya, this documentary is the story of the rich life of two tribes, the Dani and Asmat. It is also the story of their social, political and environmental upheaval.

In 1963, Indonesia invaded Irian Jaya, opening the land up for development and at the same time banning all international observers.

While the Dani's future is threatened by Indonesia's assimilation program, the Asmat tribe has faced the destructive invasion of their land, for the forests contain valuable resources to be exploited.

The indigenous tribes of Irian Jaya have been rendered expendable by multinational concerns and the Indonesian government.

Around the globe, indigenous cultures and pristine environments are losing their battle to survive.

ARROWS AGAINST THE WIND is an emotionally moving production and cautions us to accurately assess the risks of development.

Award
~ Silver Apple, National Educational Film & Video Festival


DVD (Color) / 1992 / (Grades 9-12, College, Adult) / 52 minutes

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