The documentary film, “The Chiang Mai Project” will be shown as part of “The Arts Exchange” – a recurring performing and visual arts program for emigrant artists. In addition to the film, there will be performances, literary readings, and art from Portugal, Iran, Korea, Germany, Kenya, Indonesia, Taiwan, Bosnia, Russia and Pakistan.

Date: Sunday, December 11th, 2011 4:30PM
Location: Dr. Martin Luther King Library (Rooms 225 & 229)
150 E. San Fernando St. San Jose, CA
Event is FREE but donations are appreciated.

The film follows a group of actors, musicians and artists who traveled to Chiang Mai, Thailand to participate in a cross-cultural, theatrical benefit performance for The Vieng Ping Children’s Home and the Asian Elephant Hospital, sponsored by the Friends of the Asian Elephant. The film identifies and examines the needs of the Vieng Ping Children’s Home, which serves orphaned children in the Northern Region of Thailand, and is the first orphanage to care for children who are HIV-positive and/or who have become orphaned by the deaths of AIDS-infected parents.

The film also addresses the needs of The Asian Elephant Hospital, which is the only hospital of its kind offering care to injured and abused elephants. Founded by Soraida Salwala, the hospital is sponsored by her parent organization Friends of the Asian Elephant, whose purpose is to stop the export of Asian elephants, provide education regarding imminent extinction, and supply medical care to elephants that have been abused or abandoned by their owners, or injured by stepping on landmines while crossing into Burma. Salwala estimates that if action isn’t taken to preserve and care for these majestic, time-honored representatives of Thailand, they will be gone within 50 years.

Producer Sherie Guilliat will be on hand for post-screening questions and answers.

Click to see the FAE elephant hospital site

(Be sure to scroll down to see the work with prosthetics and the elephants)

Contact: Sherie Guilliat