The Real Shangri-la

Trip Start Mar 21, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, May 15, 2006

The 20-minute film, The Real Shangri-la is now finished. Here are some frames from the film, developed for WWF, the Shangri-la Institute for Sustainable Communities, and the Shangri-la Sustainable Communities Initiative.

The purpose of the film is to educate donors, members, and potential ecotourists. The theme revolves around the mystery of Shangri-la and Shambala, tying the fictional world of James Hilton's Lost Horizon and Nicholas Roerich's paintings to the real world here in Diqing Prefecture, Yunnan.

The film is much too long for this little travelpod (I tried). So here's one of many scenes. This scene is a fast-moving introduction to people and wildlife in the area.

View the clip here.

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sorrel2 on

man--wish i could see the whole 20 minute version.

it's nice to know that all is well in your corner...that everything is colorful and alive.

as for me...i'm not sure if i want to enter the phd program at UCLA next year. one of my professors told me not to worry--i would just marry a rich guy in LA and have his children. i still feel sick from that comment. i had to pull over to the side of the road yesterday when i thought about it. i had dry heaves.

i can't seem to forget what he said. it haunts me. i think i'm depressed about it. i'm not sure why it matters how he 'sees' me...why it should matter. i think i'm afraid that's how i see myself. that i will give up and just do what i think is generally expected. i feel tired from thinking about the future. i think i've stopped living in the present--very bad strategy.

i'm going to go swimming today and watch endless hours of television.

i hope all is well.

lraleigh on

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I'm not sure why you're considering not doing the Ph. D. program at UCLA, but hope that it's the right decision for you (if you choose that) and not that you're giving up. There's more to life than academia, as you know, although it seems to be a good life with opportunity.


lraleigh on

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Hey Leticia!

Great to hear from you. Thanks for leaving a message. It's been a while. Of course, the Vineyard dj/jam days will always be magical. Remember them fondly. Keep in touch.


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