The Barefoot Artist

Directed by Glenn Holsten, Daniel Traub
Film Movement
83 Minutes
Documentary, Black Cinema, Asian
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THE BAREFOOT ARTIST chronicles the long and colorful life of Lily Yeh, an artist who has committed herself to creating community-based art projects in some of the world's most troubled areas. Beginning with the creation of an unprecedented sculpture garden in the projects of North Philly that became known as "The Village of Arts and Humanities," the film also shows Yeh working in various far-flung locations, such as Kenya and Rwanda, where she teaches survivors of war and calamity to make murals and build sculptures drawn from their own experience. Working with Yeh on these projects, they are able to regain hope, a sense of purpose, and a belief that life can be about creation as well as destruction.


  • Lily Yeh
DVD Features

Sound: Stereo 2.0 and 5.1 Surround Sound

Discs: 1

  • Highest Rating
    "A poignant documentary about the transformative power of art."
    Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times
  • Highest Rating
    "There is much healing in "The Barefoot Artist," Glenn Holsten and Daniel Traub's fascinating documentary portrait of the artist Lily Yeh. "
    Andy Webster, New York Times
  • Highest Rating
    "Highly recommended. Sensitively photographed and expertly edited, this reflective essay on the professional accomplishments and personal story of an innovative and inspirational artist succeeds on both counts."

Awards & Recognition

Official Selection
Anchorage Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection
Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival
Official Selection
UNAFF Int'l Documentary Film Festival
Official Selection
Environmental Film Festival Washington DC

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