DROKPA (Oct., 2016)
DROKPA (Nomads of Tibet) is a portrait of the lives and struggles of nomads on the Eastern Tibetan Plateau. Through intimate individual stories, the film reveals the unprecedented environmental and sociopolitical forces that are pushing the nomads to the edge of their existence.
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DROKPA premiered at the
Margaret Mead Film Festival at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC on Oct.14, 2016.
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Treasure of the Lisu
A Story of a vanishing musical tradition, and those practicing it
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Documentary Educational Resources Streaming Download is available from: Kanopy Streaming and Alexander Street Press
International Intangible Heritage Film FestivalOct 9-12,2014, S. Korea
INTIMATELENS - Festival of Visual Dec 6-9,2012, Italy
PICURT - Mountain Festival of the Pyrenees June 26-30,2012, Spain
San Francisco International Asian American FF / CAAMFest Mar 8-18, 2012
CU Boulder, Center for Asian Study Mar 2, 2012. Colorado
Society for Visual Anthropology Film Festival Nov 16, 2011, Montreal
Anthens Ethnographic Film Festival Nov 4, 2011, Athens, Greece
Salt Lake City Film Festival Aug 18-21, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT
Film Festival della Lessinia Aug 20-28,2011,Bosco Chiesanuova, Italy
Royal Anthropological Institute Film Festival Jun 23-26,2011, London
Park City Film Music Festival May 20-30, 2011, Utah
Athens International Film + Video Festival Apr 22-28,2011, Ohio
Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival Apr 10-17, 2011,Ithaca, NY
International Ethnographic Film Festival of Quebec Jan 26-29, 2011
Banff Mountain Film Festival and World Tour Nov 6-7, 2010, Canada
Sound of a Village -- working title (in production)
Story of an ethnic music band
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The Last Town (2009)
A cinematic tour of the 2000-year-old town right before it was flooded by the Three Gorges Dam project in China.
Sustaining Traditions Award, Media That Matters Film Festival, NYC, 2010
DVD is now available for purchase from
Hartley Film Foundation
Cultiva! Youth Project(2008)
Commissioned by Growing Gardens of Boulder, Colorado
Wilderness Film Expedition(2008)
Can we still make, process, and show a film-film in the wilderness?
In Association with
Handmade Film Institute and Ontos Media
Denver Mongolian (2008)
In association with ATLAS center at CU Boulder
Tibet Snapshots( ) 2007
Lives of the Tibetans, in their own words.
Global Peace Film Festival
Featured on: Nomadsland
Sega - African School Dream(
2006) In Ghana, West Africa, one man is making a difference to the lives of children in his little village.
Nominated for Best Documentary Shorts and Best PSA:
Action On Film Interntional Film Festival
Offcial Selection: Independents Film Festival
Aired: The Educational Channel
Aired: Current TV
Yan Chun Su | Waterdrop Films | PO Box 17024, Boulder, CO 80308 | 1-720-675-8568 | yan at waterdropfilms.com