For the Love of Shakespeare
Chinese children learning classic English, the classic Chinese way.
Imagine a group of students from an isolated school in a remote mountain in China, with no access to the outside world, totally ignorant of the English language - reciting the sonnets of William Shakespeare.
Follow them as they learn the classics through an ancient Chinese method of recitation, practicing diligently for a grand English speaking competition - where over 1000 Chinese children will for three hours, fluently and without pause, recite Shakespeare's verses.
A Farmer's Struggle
One man's fight against nature's desertification of his village.
The endless desert advances towards the village in surprising speed, nibbling at the houses on the edge of it. Where several hundred families used to live, now there is only one - Wei Guangcai and his wife.
Living in one of the worst-hit areas affected by desertification in China, this man stands his ground against the sand pushing him away from his home, enduring the forces of nature and the winds of loneliness.
- Winner of Best Short Film at the Green Film Festival, Seoul 2010
- 3rd Place Certificate for Creative Excellence at the US International Video & Film Festival 2010
A Weaver's Tale
People's effort at preserving the fabric of their community.
The Yakans are the traditional settlers of Basilan Island in the Southern Philippines, famous for their art of weaving. Their skills have been handed down from generation to generation,and the intricate designs of their fabric are said to be based on their dreams. Get to know the Yakan women as they endeavour to preserve their vanishing art - challenged by a chronic conflict environment and increased modernism - and continue to weave a rich and colourful tapestry of life stories.
The Icemen: Angadias of India
A unique 150-year-old system of delivering millions of dollars' worth of diamonds.
The Angadias - literally "one who carries valuables" - perform a task that major carriers in the region such as FedEx decline because of the risks involved.
Ironically, even without handheld scanners and high-tech tracking systems, this simple delivery system is the fastest, cheapest, and most reliable method of transporting goods in this region of the world. Plainly dressed, unarmed, and carrying unmarked canvass sacks, these men transport 4 million dollars worth of diamonds each day - yet earn salaries of less than 50 dollars a month.