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Eating The Scorpion

After years of teaching about China, a group of North Carolinians visit that Asian country for the first time. The experience transform them and their students.The teachers' study tour is a powerful experience in international understanding. From historic sites to people?s homes they confront their book knowledge with personal experience, and discover a new passion for Asia. In turn, they inspire their students with a desire for learning about China, to the point that, for the first time, some of them don?t want to leave the classroom when the bell rings.Producer and director of EATING THE SCORPION is Robert Richter, a veteran public and commercial documentary maker (www.RichterVideos.com) with three Academy Award nominations, three duPont Columbia Broadcast Journalism Awards and many other U.S. and international honors.Description: Eating the Scorpion is an inspirational story about North Carolina educators opening up to foreign cultures, how this changes them, energizes their teaching and expands horizons for their students. It is a story that puts a human dimension to the critically important value of international understanding.Eating the Scorpion primarily focuses on two wonderful educators: Michelle Luckadoo, a young Durham teacher who has never been overseas before and eagerly soaks up everything; and Wanda Forte, an older, more experienced teacher in Fayetteville, who inspires her students with a passion for learning about China.?My ultimate goal is to give my students a desire for life long learning about other countries and other cultures, because we truly live in a globalized society.? Wanda Forte in Eating the Scorpion?We?re all citizens of the world. If we don?t understand each other, have some kind of acceptance, and that?s starting with these guys here, then who knows what the future will be?? Michelle Luckadoo in Eating the ScorpionThe title Eating the Scorpion is symbolic of a breakthrough for Michelle that happens when she is challenged to eat a deep fried scorpion at an outdoor Beijing night market that also offers among other delicacies: beetles, frogs and sparrows on skewers.As one of the other teachers describes the moment, when Michelle met the scorpion challenge she went through a barrier. She no longer is the ? small town North Carolina girl,? as she described herself at the beginning of the study tour.As the story unfolds, after the scorpion incident Michelle becomes a citizen of the world who instills in her students understanding and acceptance of Asian culture.The documentary follows Michelle and Wanda to famous and not so famous locations and cultural experiences in Beijing, Xian, Suzhou, Shanghai and a small rural village. The teachers are also filmed as they learn about daily life and make new friends with Chinese people in schools, homes, old neighborhoods, shopping malls, restaurants and outdoor food markets.The documentary intercuts between Michelle and Wanda opening up to China and teaching back home in North Carolina, where they bring open- mindedness about cultural differences, fresh knowledge, and excitement for the subject to their students.Most of Eating the Scorpion is told by Michelle and Wanda?s voice and from their point of view. Occasional split screens are used to simultaneously show them on the tour and sharing their experience with their classrooms.At the end of Eating the Scorpion Wanda?s students are so eager for more of what she is teaching them, that they don?t want to leave when the bell rings.

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