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"Ancient Futures" is film about the meaning of progress

July 7, 2008

KALAMAZOO--"Ancient Futures: Learning From Ladakh," a film about the beautiful desert land high in the western Himalayas, will be shown at 8:30 p.m. Monday, July 14, at Western Michigan University's Gibbs House for Environmental Research and Education. The screening is open to the public free of charge.

"Ancient Futures" is based on Helena Norberg-Hodge's book by the same name. Ladakh, or Little Tibet, is a place of few resources and an extreme climate. Yet, for more than a thousand years, it was been home to a thriving culture Now in Leh, the capital, one finds pollution and divisiveness, inflation and unemployment, intolerance and greed. The breakdown of Ladakh's culture and environment forces viewers to re-examine the meaning of progress, not only in the developing parts of the world, but in the industrialized world as well.

The 1993 release is not rated and has a run time of 60 minutes.

Gibbs House is located at 4503 Parkview Avenue, just east of the WMU Soccer Complex. Parking is available in the driveways both east and west of the house.

For more information, contact Samantha Cooper at samantha.l.cooper@wmich.edu.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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