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Moving Mountains: The Story of the Yiu Mien

Film by Elaine Velazquez
Produced by Elaine Velazquez
Cinematographer: Eric Edwards, John Campbell, Harry Dawson
Sound: Barbara Bernstein, Sheila Rubin, Carl Vandervoort
Editing: Elaine Velazquez
Copyright: 1989, Elaine Velazquez
58 minutes, Color
Original format: Film: 16mm, 1989
Distributor: Feather & Fin Productions
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The Yiu Mien's involvement in the Vietnam War forced this Laotian mountain tribe to flee its homeland. This film is an intimate look at these Asian refugees who originally settled in the Pacific Northwest. Through the words of elders, and rare archival footage of the Mien in their mountain homeland, their ancient culture is brought to light. Past and present are interwoven, revealing complex realities of Americanization as seen through the eyes of the Mien.

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