ALL IN THIS TEA
(70 minutes) China/USA
Directors/Producers: Les Blank, Gina Leibrecht
All in This Tea, follows the world-renowned American tea importer, David Lee Hoffman, to some of the most remote regions of China in search of the finest handmade teas in the world. Not since Robert Fortune clandestinely made his way through the tea growing districts of China in 1843 to steal plants and seeds for the British Empire, has a westerner attempted to gain access to the hidden world of tea, where farmers have been making it for generations. As the Chinese open their doors to the global marketplace, Hoffman opens their eyes to their own ancient tradition that links them, and all of us, to the distant past, while introducing the west to one of China's finest cultural gems-the artistry and exquisite taste of fine, handmade tea.
Les Blank is a world-renowned independent filmmaker. Blank's highly acclaimed Burden of Dreams won the British Academy Award in 1982. Major retrospectives of Blank's films have been mounted at MoMa, Cinemathéque Français, and other venues around the world. In 1990 he received the American Film Institute's Maya Deren Award for outstanding lifetime achievement as an independent filmmaker. Two of his films were inducted into the National Film Registry.
Gina Leibrecht is an award-winning documentary editor and filmmaker in San Francisco. She has collaborated with Les Blank on several films since 1998. Her work has been broadcast and screened in festivals around the world.
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