In May, CAAM is thrilled to bring you a line-up of films that will broadcast on a PBS station near you! Read more for when to tune in and what films will be playing, such as the CAAM produced DON’T LOSE YOUR SOUL, a portrait of bassist Mark Izu and drummer Anthony Brown, two founders of the Asian American Jazz Movement.
Looking for more great programming resources during APA Heritage Month? Check out KQED’s APA Heritage programming, with a handy guide to Asian Pacific American TV & Radio Programs and Resources.
Check it out:
by Lynn True and Nelson Walker
May 10th, 10 PM on Independent Lens
“SUMMER PASTURE is beautiful and important. For me, the best documentary of 2010.”
-Albert Maysles, Filmmaker (Grey Gardens, Gimme Shelter)
Summer Pasture is a feature-length documentary that chronicles one summer with a young family amidst this period of great uncertainty. Locho, his wife Yama, and their infant daughter, nicknamed Jiatomah (“pale chubby girl”), spend the summer months in eastern Tibet’s Zachukha grasslands, an area known as Wu-Zui or “5-Most,” the highest, coldest, poorest, largest, and most remote county in Sichuan Province, China.
The story of a family at a crossroads, Summer Pasture takes place at a critical time in Locho and Yama’s lives, as they question their future as nomads. With their pastoral traditions confronting rapid modernization, Locho and Yama must reconcile the challenges that threaten to drastically reshape their existence.
Produced and directed by Rebecca Haimowitz and Vaishali Sinha
Available on PBS stations beginning May 1st
“The benefits and perils of medical tourism are amply illustrated…an engrossing feature.”
Made in India is a film about the human experiences behind the phenomenon of “outsourcing” surrogacy to India. It follows the journey of an infertile American couple, an Indian surrogate and the business of reproductive tourism that brings them together. Weaving together these personal stories within the context of a growing international industry, the film explores a complicated clash of families in crisis, assisted reproductive technologies and personal choice from a global perspective.
By Jim Choi and Chihiro Wimbush
A CAAM Production
Premiering on KQED in San Francisco on May 13, 11pm
Don’t Lose Your Soul is a portrait of bassist Mark Izu and drummer Anthony Brown, two founders of the Asian American Jazz Movement. The film traces their personal histories and the origin of their partnership; forged in the crucible of the ethnic identity movements of the 70s, through the political force of their band United Front, and their seminal tribute to the Japanese internment experience, Big Bands Behind Barbed Wire. Their musical journey culminates at Sanju, honoring the 30th Anniversary of the Asian American Jazz Festival and bringing back one of their musical heroes, George Yoshida, for one electric night of performance at Yoshi’s.