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Himalayan Youth Voices Project

120 min


At SFIAAFF 2011, CAAM highlighted South Asian cinema by screening several wonderful films; this year, we focus on a special part of that region, the Himalayas, specifically Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet.

With funding from the Asian Pacific Fund and the Comcast Foundation, we collaborated with the grassroots organization Sahayeta at the first Himalayan Youth Summit in Oakland, connecting with youth from those three national backgrounds for an intensive media training workshop. From there, the Himalayan Youth Voices Project was born. The project was created and organized by Sapana Sakya, Public Media Director at CAAM.

The Project’s goal is to engage a growing but often invisible segment of the Asian American community in the Bay Area, and to give its youth access to the tools that enable them to tell their own stories. The youth participated in a ten-week workshop with CAAM and the youth media experts at TILT (Teaching Intermedia Literacy Tools).

CAAM has a long history of supporting media makers but this workshop was a first step in proactively engaging a community that we rarely see in Asian American media spheres. The youth participants were introduced to both professional production skills and the media literacy skills necessary to navigate today’s digital reality. The youth created two final films: Momo Moment and Team Hope, involving two topics that the Himalayan community is passionate about: the dumpling and the game of soccer.

Check out the HYVP video blog on CAAM’s website, and please join us in welcoming these budding filmmakers and their films to SFIAAFF and the larger Asian American film community!

Co-presenters (3/10): Richmond Area Multi-Services RAMS, Sahayeta


March 10, 2012 1:15 pm
Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
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