Moving Mountains (1989)

About the Film

The Yiu Mien\'s involvement in the Vietnam War forced this Laotian mountain tribe to flee its homeland. This film is an intimate look at these Asian refugees who originally settled in the Pacific Northwest. Through the words of elders, and rare archival footage of the Mien in their mountain homeland, their ancient culture is brought to light. Past and present are interwoven, revealing complex realities of Americanization as seen through the eyes of the Mien.


For licensing, film rights and permissions, contact Elaine Velazquez, the distributor Feather & Fin Productions, or Folkstreams.

Film Details

  • Film by: Elaine Velazquez
  • Produced by: Elaine Velazquez
  • Cinematographer: Eric Edwards, John Campbell, Harry Dawson
  • Sound: Barbara Bernstein, Sheila Rubin, Carl Vandervoort
  • Editor: Elaine Velazquez
  • Other Credits: \"Heartfelt thanks to the Mien community in Portland, Oregon...\"
  • Funding: Funded by Oregon Committee for the Humanities, California Council for the Humanitites, Oregon Arts Commission, Metropolitan Arts Commission, Pioneer Fund, Lucius and Eva Eastman Fund, Western States Regional Media Arts Fellowship Program, Mary Winch.
  • Original Format: Film: 16mm
  • © 1989, Elaine Velazquez
  • 58mins, Color
  • Categories:
    Ethnic & Immigrant Cultures Family Festivals/Customs Asian American Culture