Depicts the extraordinary geographical route that the Mekong takes, from the Tibetan plateau, down the mountains of the Yunnan Province in China, then through the tropical valleys and virgin forests of Burma, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand before reaching the green plains of Vietnam.
Formerly known as Siam, the Kingdom of Thailand is a newly industrialized country and tourism contributes significantly to its economy. Over 90% of Thai citizens practice Buddhism, its national religion, and it is a country that offers a wide range of festivals.
In this episode we visit some of the most well-known, including the Kite Festival, and the New Year Festival, where locals spray each other with water to keep cool in the hot sun. Our Globetrotter expedition continues as we get swept up in the frenetic pace of Bangkok, the country's largest and capital city; then we unwind for a relaxing holiday on the beautiful beaches of Phuket, Thailand's largest island.
from the remote Cape Verde Islands to the rugged Australian outback, from the barren Sahara desert to the rich rice paddies of Thailand, from the scrub lands of Western Africa to the incredibly productive central valley of California, from the crowded Japanaese mainland to the vast emptiness of the Texas high plains, from the lush Amazon Basin of Brazil to the hillside poverty of Haiti, from the fields of Picardy in Europe to the soaring Atlas mountains of Morocco.Winner of the 1994 "Gold" award from Agricultural Communicators in Education. Ideal for courses on ecology, geography, social studies, agriculture, and earth sciences.
The Moken are a seafaring community and one of the smallest ethnic minority groups in Asia, traditionally spending eight months out of the year in thatch-roofed wooden boats. Wholly reliant upon the sea, their entire belief system revolves around water.. Sailing a Sinking Sea weaves a visual and aural tapestry of Moken mythologies and present-day practices. As a viewer you will swim under the sea past fishes and mermaids, sail boats across turquoise waters, land on 13 different islands, step inside sea shanties on stilts, delve into the minds of shamans, become possessed through the worship of sea gods, dance between lovers and emerge drenched in Moken mythology.. "This loving impressionistic tribute is ... an outlier in contemporary cinema, springing as it does from the 1930s ethnographic cinema of Robert Flaherty as well as the later visions of Jean Rouch in the '60s and Robert Gardner (who's cited in the credits) in the '70s and '80s.". -- Carson Lund, Slant Magazine. Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago, IL, 2015. Rural Route Film Festival, Museum of the Moving Image, New York, NY, 2015. Environmental Film Festival, Australia, 2015.
Intended to provide a complete and permanent record of surviving traditions and skills in textiles and crafts, the Ends of the Earth unique series show the processes in full, in detail and with all the clarity and colour made possible by modern video cameras.
In many ways they are better than being there - pausing and replaying gives the possibility of checking again where the quickness of the hands has eluded or deceived the eye. This video shows in detail the embroideries of the six Hilltribes of Northern Thailand and the costumes that they adorn. Includes: a Karen blouse with seed emboidery, Yao trousers with horizontal/vertical stitch, a Lisu hat with stitched braids, a Lahu dress with patchwork panels, an Akha jacket with couched applique, Blue Hmong batik and applique and White Hmong reverse applique. All filmed in the villages of this beautiful mountain area.
Anthropologist and filmmaker Tommi Mendel followed two young women, one along the Way of St. James -- a centuries old pilgrimage route -- through France and Spain, and another backpacking through Thailand, Cambodia and Laos. Documenting their experiences and encounters over a period of three years, this film reveals intriguing parallels between what at first glance appear as two different ways of traveling.