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In this short film, shot on location in the spring of 2021, Dej, a teenager goes through the grief of losing her Brother during the pandemic. With the new rules and regulations in place, Dej’s brother wasn’t given a traditional three day Hmong funeral. Uncertain if her Brother’s spirit will be able to pass over, Dej seeks for answers through memories and self reflection.
The Wind Always Strikes the Highest Mountain opens an uncommon space to process grief, at a time when in-person funerals — or physical gatherings of any kind — aren’t possible. Each screening is followed by a Q & A and discussion with the film’s cast and director.
The film is in Hmong and includes English subtitles. The Q&A is bilingual Hmong/English.
Audiences will have their cameras and mics turned off for this program.
Yeej Moua is a multi-disciplinary artist originally from Montana. He graduated with a BFA in Media Arts, emphasis in Digital Filmmaking and minor in Theatre from the University of Montana. When he is not immersed in the world of film, he is an Art teacher for grades K-7.