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Subject: So. Studies/Sciences: Geography/Cultures

The Southeast Asia Series

A series of independently produced documentaries, filmed on-location, blending historical background with contemporary studies of countries and cultures of Southeast Asia. Programs available on 11 individual DVDs, Digital Streaming Files or Videos; also in an 11-Disc Set. For pricing call in US: 800.876.2447/Intl. Click for more

Thailand: Spirits of the Yellow Leaf (MlaBri People)

Thailand: Spirits of the Yellow Leaf (MlaBri  People)

"Highly Recommended. This is a very interesting program that works on two levels. First it documents the lifestyle of the Yellow Leaf people, a nomadic tribe living in the diminishing rainforest of northern Thailand; also it shows how modern technology and greed are extinguishing this culture by destroying their habitat." -VRG Review
Narrated by Mike Farrell (M*A*S*H; Providence), this program documents the lifestyle of the MlaBri Hill people, the "Yellow Leaves," a nomadic tribe of people barely surviving in the diminishing rainforest of Thailand. At first look this is an insightful look at a rare and wonderful hunter-gatherer culture able to subsist with no assistance from any modern technologies; we view the family structure, and the daily tasks of men, women and children; however, we come to discover that heavy deforestation has reduced the habitat and there is very little jungle left to support their former way of life. Today, it is estimated there are only about 300 MlaBri people remaining and most of them are forced to work, basically as slave laborers, in agriculture and logging jobs. Viewing the devastation of this culture, as the world's population continues to escalate, and its natural resources are reduced, we are presented with serious questions to consider. What about the negative affects of heavy deforestation on all the world's population? Should modern civilization help an ancient civilization such as the MlaBri Hill people from becoming extinct? And if yes, how? Produced by Malin Pongsapipatt. 04/08DE IJSCA 20 min.

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