BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Director and writer Wendy J.N. Lee will screen her documentary Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey Oct. 21 at Illinois Wesleyan University. The film follows 700 people as they hike
across the Himalayas to communicate a message of environmental awareness in a region
devastated by global warming. Village by village, the trekkers spread their message
and lead by example. They emerge from the trek with nearly half a ton of plastic litter
strapped to their backs.
Pad Yatra is Lee’s feature film debut. The documentary won several awards including the Official Selection of the Palm
Springs International Film Festival in 2013, as well as Best Documentary at both the
Houston Indian Film Festival in 2012 and the Silent River Film Festival in 2013.
The screening will take place at 7 p.m. in Room 101 of the Center for Natural Sciences
Building at Illinois Wesleyan, with a discussion with Lee to follow. The event is
free and open to the public.
This event is co-sponsored by Environmental Studies, Religion, Asian Studies (IS),
Development Studies (IS), Sociology and Anthropology, the Center for Human Rights
and Social Justice, the Chaplain’s Office at IWU, the Sierra Student Coalition, and
the JWP Audubon Society. The event will take place as part of the Nation(s) Divided? intellectual theme at Illinois Wesleyan.