The Tent Village is an award-winning film that aired on PBS. It's a nuanced view into the lives of roadside tent dwellers in India, filmed by their teenaged children. The film is just under 30 minutes, and is ideal for classrooms. The film covers a range of social issues such as: gender roles, stereotypes, mental health and addiction, social mobility, and human potential, which are interwoven with the narrative. The Tent Village can be integrated into a variety of subjects, including: Anthropology, Global Studies, S. Asian Studies, Women/Gender Studies, Social Work, Psychology, Economics, Sociology, and more.
The Tent Village Educational DVD comes with a comprehensive screening guide and lesson plans, which help viewers more deeply grapple with the issues raised, and understand their relevance across circumstance and culture. More info, and a trailer can be found here.
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Kali Yuga Chants is a recently completed feature length documentary that was made with support of a Fulbright fellowship. Synopsis here. Nilima Abrams (director) taught social issue documentary courses for six years at the University of Vermont, and this film is ideal for students — dealing with issues of class, race, education, international development, religion, philosophy, and morality. The film is rich in narrative, with endearing children, complex characters, and surprising plot twists.
What viewers spontaneously wrote after seeing it:
"Very powerful. So Evocative of so man emotions. Painful. Funny. BIG ideas shown. Tragic Stirring in its honesty. Showed hope in a context of futility. "
"Still thinking about the film....and the tremendous contribution it makes to a conversation about the realities of lives outside of our own. You showed such respect for the children, for their integrity, for their strength and beliefs and beauty."
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