Transmission: Listening to the Mountain's Message
How can important memories be conveyed to the next generation? In Japan, a country of forests and mountains, work methods that have long been at the heart of mountain life - like tree cutting, slash and burn agriculture,and roof thatching - are quietly disappearing in the course of modernization. Recently, some Japanese high school students have gone up to the mountains to see the people who live there and possess these skills, asking them about their craft and about life itself... writing down what they hear, word for word, unchanged, just as it was spoken.
This documentary takes a close look at the lives of four such masters of life in the mountains and the four high school students who learnt from them, capturing the moments when, by listening and recording, memories were transmitted from one to the other.
- Winner of Silver World Medal for Documentary at New York Festivals 2011-Television and Film Award
- Finalist Certificate for Direction at New York Festivals 2011-Television and Film Award
This is a documentary on Chen Xihuang, the eldest son of the renowned Budaixi puppet master, Li Tianlu. Budaixi is a traditional art form of Chinese opera using hand puppets. Chen began his training in puppetry with the family troupe at an early age, but for complicated reasons, did not inherit the troupe when his father passed away.
Now aged 67, Chen then joined another theatre company as the principal puppeteer. Witness how his efforts to revive a fading traditional art have successfully brought Taiwanese glove puppetry to an international stage.
The Great Indian Marriage Bazaar
An inner-look into the Indian arranged marriage system which now has become a multi-billion dollar business. In an era of modernization in India, arranged marriages have become a multi-billion dollar business.Indian filmmaker Ruchika brought up in a multi-cultural upbringing puts herself in the process of an arranged marriage to take a look at the realities of the system.