Qigong (pronounced “chee-gung”) is a 5,000 year old Chinese healthcare modality that has both endured the test of time and is making a tremendous resurgence at the threshold of the 21st Century. Literally millions practice Qigong in China and around the world each day to successfully treat diseases ranging from hypertension to cancer. The purpose of this one-hour documentary is to provide a unique look into the world where the elder Masters of this medical artform dwell. Viewers will be taken on a journey deep into the Chinese countryside to visit monasteries, temples, schools, and homes of these Masters like the 93 year old female bonesetting Master Lao and the spry 92 year old Wushu Master Duan Liang; seeing them perform and teach their exercise and healing techniques and hearing them speak in their original homeland settings to gain historic perspective.
Thanks to the support of the Chinese government, these Masters are being asked to come into the public light. They are being brought forward because of the tremendous amount of scientific evidence that supports the value of Qigong as a component of Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) to treat many chronic diseases that have no cure with Western medicine.
The National Institutes of Health s Office of Alternative Medicine (OAM) in Washington, DC has funded in-depth CAM research projects at 12 major universities across the U.S. including Harvard, Columbia, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, and others. Twenty-nine medical schools have included CAM courses in their basic curriculum. Some of these universities have even set up departments to make permanent this area of study and incorporate Qigong into their research criteria. This is concurrent with the Clinton Administration s imperative to build a low-cost, all inclusive, healthcare system for the populace. As Qigong moves into the public awareness through these efforts and through the dozens of videotapes and books coming onto the market, it seems critical that an historic and cultural perspective is provided for this “new” adjunct to our healthcare offerings. A core message in this program will be to show that through a melding of the East and West–a merging of traditional methodologies and beneficial emerging-technologies–positive solutions will be found to many problems that plague society today. Qigong shows that people can take responsibility for their own healthcare and achieve benefits for their body, mind and spirit.
“Qigong – Ancient Chinese Healing for the 21st Century” is produced and directed by Garripoli, Emmy award winning graphics and special effects designer, Tai Chi instructor and Qigong practitioner for 20 years. His expertise ensures a sensitive treatment of this subject while making it accessible to the Western viewer. The natural Chinese settings including Beijing, Datong, Luoyang, the Shaolin Temple, Xi’an, Chengdu, and Shanghai will provide viewers with an insight into the wonders of the Chinese culture. The rarely seen footage from Tibet is beautiful and moving. The insights into the wonders of Qigong’s medical implications will be a unique offering for the growing number of interested students, medical doctors, and healthcare professionals from around the world. For all, it will be exciting to learn of the history and current practice of this valuable cultural gift from the past which may hold the answer to better healthcare in the next century.”
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Special thanks go out to the wonderful actor James Shigeta (Flower Drum Song, Disney’s Mulan) for his rich and heartfelt narration.
Help support this kind of programming by calling your local PBS station s Director of Programming and tell them that you hope they will be airing this program offered by American Public Television (APT is our distributor to PBS). You may also ask when you can expect it to air. This sends a positive message to them to continue offering this type of educational programming and helps to keep Public Broadcasting the truly public service it was designed to be.
We are also starting a program where organizations can work with their local PBS station affiliate to organize a local showing of a promo for this documentary. As a community outreach for the station before the program airs, this will give you a chance to help promote what you do in the area of Qigong while informing people of the upcoming show.
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Thank you for your support.
We are happy to say that our documentary has helped WTVS-PBS in Detroit raise over $300,000 for the station! Help support this kind of programming by calling your local PBS station s Director of Programming and tell them that you hope they will be airing this program offered by American Public Television (APT is our distributor to PBS). You may also ask when you can expect it to air. If you are part of a Qigong association or community, let them know as well. This sends a positive message to them that there is viewer interest and will help them to continue offering this type of educational programming. It also helps to keep Public Broadcasting the truly public service it was designed to be.
We are also starting a program where organizations can work with their local PBS station affiliate to organize a local showing of a promo for this documentary. As a community outreach for the station before the program airs, this will give you a chance to help promote what you do in the area of Qigong while informing people of the upcoming show. We will also give you ideas on how to assist you local PBS station in their pledge drive efforts to raise public awareness of Qigong and assist them in their fundraising events.
Wuji Productions, in conjunction with the National Qigong Association, is working with the World Tai Chi /Qigong Day organization to help get local PBS stations to air this Qigong documentary on or near the next worldwide event. Go to the World Tai Chi /Qigong Day web site for more information on this exciting global event, where the plan is to get stations to air the documentary around this date. This allows the big event to help promote the airing… and in turn, help get people to watch PBS.
Thank you for your support… and to our Canadian friends for contacting Vision TV at (416) 368-3194 which has aired the documentary many times and has been a great supporter.
New Qigong Healthcare Documentary Is A First For Public Television
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Date: March, 1st 2001
A one-hour documentary is currently airing on PBS affiliate stations around the US that may challenge Western medical thinking, and simultaneously, embrace a pathway for complementary healing modalities in the new millennium.
“Qigong – Ancient Chinese Healing for the 21st Century,” airs nationwide exclusively through American Public Television (APT–formerly American Program Service,) a major source of programming for the nation’s Public Television stations. Known for identifying innovative programs and developing creative distribution techniques, APT provides stations with program choices that enable them to strengthen and customize their schedules. “Qigong” (pronounced ‘chee-gung’) is the first television program to present this 5,000 year-old healing system from a scholarly scientific and cultural-history perspective. Shot completely in Mainland China, this documentary offers never-before-seen footage of elder Masters performing Qigong exercises and treating patients with “Qi,” or “life-force energy.”
Writer/Director Francesco Garri Garripoli of Wuji Productions, author of the book Qigong – Essence of the Healing Dance, lived in China for two years, shooting in temples and clinics across the country and in Tibet, to capture unique and beautiful footage that will fascinate the medical establishment and lay people alike. “My goal is to take Qigong out of the ‘mystical’ realm and show it in the practical light that it is seen with in China’s medical community.” Through interviews with physicians and researchers, the viewer is shown that’since the end of the Cultural Revolution, valid scientific data continues to emerge to support the use of Qigong for successfully treating diseases ranging from hypertension to cancer.
“Qigong – Ancient Chinese Healing for the 21st Century” takes an intimate look at people of all ages, ranging from students in their teens to the 92 year-old doctor Master Duan, as they practice the simple breathing and stretching exercises of Qigong to stay in good health. Here in the West, with a financial healthcare crisis upon us, this program presents the idea that the accessibility and simplicity of Qigong may help all of us regain responsibility for our own health and well being. Similar to Yoga, and the predecessor of Tai Chi, it is thought that Qigong–with over 80 million who practice it each day–may become the “next” popular exercise here in the West.
Narrated by seasoned actor James Shigeta, (star of “Flower Drum Song” and Disney’s “Mulan”) “Qigong – Ancient Chinese Healing for the 21st Century” may help answer many questions about Traditional Chinese Medicine theory and satisfy the growing curiosity we all share about alternative and complementary healing modalities from around the world. Francesco Garri Garripoli, with his book and the “Qigong” home video premiums, is available for pledge drives and community outreach events upon request. The Detroit PBS affiliate, WTVS, has already raised over $200,000 in pledges for their station through the airing of this documentary!
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Thank you Vision TV, a national, non-profit television network across Canada, for airing our documentary across the country. We heard wonderful reviews and thank Vision for doing such a great job promoting the program with an interview with Francesco.
Vision has been a great proponent of alternative and complementary medicine over the years and is a leader in excellent, multi-cultural and multi-faith programming. Support them by calling to thank them for airing “Qigong – Ancient Chinese Healing for the 21st Century.” They will show the program again if there is interest.
Their number is (416) 368-3194 in Toronto.
Wuji Productions, in conjunction with the National Qigong Association, and the American Qigong Association is working with the World Tai Chi /Qigong Day organization to help get stations to air this Qigong documentary. Go to the World Tai Chi /Qigong Day web site for more information on this exciting global event!
Thank you for your support.
If you are interested in airing the program in your country or have questions, please click here to contact us.