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THE BAREFOOT ARTIST

Lily Yeh is a global artist who is fueled by a belief that art is a human right and that artists can create a foundation for profound social change. Slight of frame, but large in spirit and vision, the 70-year-old artist was born in China, lives in Philadelphia and now, as a constant traveler, uses the world as her canvas. The film traces Lily’s evolution as an artist, from her first exposure to Chinese landscape painting as a young girl in China to the hauntingly beautiful memorial she designed to honor the victims of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. It details her methodology for community building – using art as the foundation – which she has developed over many years. Finally, this beautiful film reveals the source of her quest, and the personal costs of a life committed to the public. Co-directed by Glenn Holsten and Daniel Traub.

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