Crown International Film Festival

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About Project

Journey to the West traces Chinese Medicine’s journey to the UK and explores the challenges of establishing legitimacy and developing recognition when the dominant culture is against you. This documentary introduces Chinese Medicine’s understanding of health and illness as a platform from which to explore a catch 22 at the heart of the profession’s struggle for acceptance; status as part of UK healthcare can only be gained through evidence-based medicine, but those methods of research are designed to serve Western constructs of medicine and science, not a medical system from a different world view.

Director Biography

Zoe Coldham is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and portrait photographer. She graduated with a Bsa of Film and Television from Swinburne University. Her first short documentary, CHARLOTTE, won Best Documentary at the Academy Awards qualifying event, St Kilda Film Festival. In 2018, she worked as a cinematographer on two feature length documentaries which went on to premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival. Zoe’s most recent project has seen her directing her first feature documentary, JOURNEY TO THE WEST, which is set to be released in late 2022.

Project Credits

Zoe Coldham – Director

Sibyl Coldham – Producer

Laura Mills – Editor
James and the Giant Peach with Taika and Friends, Reggae Fever: David Rodigan, The Euro Story

George Hewitt – Composer
Die Again, Undead One, W Hotel, Intel, Asics Tiger Campaign

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