Off to the festivals!
Culture Shock Debut!
Playing at the Gold Town Theater in Juneau, Alaska
Saturday July 27th at 9:15pm
Sunday July 28th at 2:30pm
A documentary about travel experiences
Culture Shock, is a documentary about my personal experience while traveling from Juneau, Alaska to India and Nepal. I am the project founder and artist, Saffron Hayes, and I started filming the documentary during the summer of 2004. After finishing high school in Alaska, I traveled to southern India, Madras, and helped build an Ashram on the beach of a fishing village in Pondicherry. After filming the beach and city life of southern India, I independently traveled north to Vanarsi city on the Ganges River, where the Indian people spiritually burn the dead in Ghats. I decided to leave India to spend time with the mountain people of Nepal, where I documented their traditional way of life. I trekked north, deeper into the Himalayan Mountains, until I reached Srinagar Kashmir and climbed 3,500 meters above sea level to see the alien terrain and razor peaks. I trekked far away from urban life to experience the vast beauty of the Himalayan mountain landscape and document the cultural connection with the land.
The documentary follows the life of a young man growing up and traveling to the other side of the world and back. Going on this world adventure and documenting the culture differences, the audience will have a chance to see how different cultures deal with the psychological difficulties accompanied by a post-modern society. This is an enormous project that has taken me eight years to get this far, but I want to share my life experiences with the world. (more)
If you are interested in the documentary and want to pre-order a DVD copy of the feature length Culture Shock film and get your name in the credits of the movie, click the Buy Now button. The film will be distributed in November of 2012.
Official Trailer - Culture Shock
Trailer 1 - India and Nepal
Trailer 2 - Alaskan Solo Kayaking