Cross-Cultural Documentary Filmmaking

2018

From South Pacific to South Virginia

Southern Virginia University has been attracting Polynesian students for the past few years. Thanks in part to the university's new football coach, that population-particularly those from the island nation of Tonga-continues to grow.

Generational Roots

This film, subtitled "A Story of the American Dream," explores how that dream manifests itself in the second generation of an immigrant family-one that plays a significant role in the Lexington hospitality industry.

Home Away from Home

Virginia Military Institute attracts students from around the nation-and the world. The documentary focuses on a student from Thailand who shares what it's like to adjust to a rural American culture while learning as much as he can for his career in the Royal Thai Army.

A Long Way from Home

This documentary digs into the ethnic roots of Rockbridge County, which one author described as the most "distinctively Scotch-Irish county in America." The film examines how the county's non-English settlers affected the culture, religion and education of this region.

Thai on Main Street

The owner of NaPa Thai saw an untapped market for fresh East Asian food when she chose to open her restaurant in Lexington two years ago. She faces a challenging labor market while helping her family adapt to a new home.