American rodeo celebrates rugged individualism, pits man against beast and seeks to tame the wild. Why do women do it?
Meet a few gals from the “All Women’s Rodeo”, these aren’t your fancy barrel racers that can make over two hundred thousand dollars a year at the men’s rodeos. These women earn around ten thousand dollars – if they’re lucky. But they travel miles of dusty roads to rope ornery steers, ride bucking broncs, and get thrown from the back of two thousand pound bulls. It’s a men’s game you might say, but if you give it a second look, you just might catch a glimpse into the heart of the great American cowgirl.
Here is a new video for International Women’s Partnership for Peace and Justice
We started three projects:
1) Inside and Out – We completed twelve preliminary interviews for a documentary on the lives of lesbians in Thailand.
2) World on Fire – We shot the first interview with Dhamanada, the first full-ordained female monk in Thailand. This is a stand-alone piece for Thai audiences and also the first installment of a larger piece on women world spiritual leaders. Tenzin Palmo was interviewed last year.
3) The Art of Change – We completed the first theatre workshop with twenty-four participants in Pattaya and a media skills workshop in the winter of 2012
In the Spring of 2010 award-winning, American theatre director and producer Nikki Appino joined (IWP) – International Women’s Partnership for Peace and Justice in its mission to promote the human rights work of local women’s organizations, community peace groups, non- government organizations (NGO’s) and grassroots activists from throughout South East Asia. Founded in 2002, IWP leads workshops, retreats and training courses that promote sustainability and transformation at the personal, community and societal levels. Workshops cover issues such as: non-violent action, conflict transformation, gender and diversity, violence against women, and leadership training.
Together with Executive Director, Ouyporn Khuankaew, Appino developed curriculum and co-taught a workshop titled, The Art of Change; Media and Arts Advocacy for Social Transformation.