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Location: Thailand         Length: 25 min.

The Akha Way is like a road leading back to the past where the ancestors dwell and forward into an uncertain future. For a millennium, the Akha have inhabited the hills of Southeast Asia. The Akha Way, or Akhazaunh, is their code of life. This documentary describes their origins and culture. Watch a shaman healing ceremony; a funeral with the ritual sacrifice of a water buffalo; the reading of a pig's liver after a new house is built. Now the Akha Way is endangered by forced migration, Christianization, money, and drugs.

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Produced by Yellow Cat Productions and Sharon Hainsfurther

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