Sawyer Memorial to show India film

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GREENE – Willis Moore will present his film, “India: Land of the Tiger,” at the Araxine Wilkins Sawyer Memorial, 371 Sawyer Road. Shows will run at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 26 and at 2 and 7 p.m. Friday, July 27. Admission is free and the doors will open one hour before shows. The auditorium is air-conditioned.

Moore was born in New York City of Scotch/English and Native American ancestry. He was on educational radio at the age of 8 and produced a travelogue on Mexico while a teenager. At the University of Oklahoma he produced a travelogue on Hawaii. Moore moved to Honolulu in 1962 to become a graduate assistant at the University of Hawaii. He earned a master’s degree there in 1971.

Moore was education coordinator and planetarium teacher for Honolulu’s Bernice P. Bishop Museum. While at the museum, Moore began traveling and film editing in Hawaii, the Pacific Islands and in the Pacific Rim. The British government invited him to cover the independence ceremonies for the Republic of Kiritimati and document the visit of Princess Anne. Moore has expanded his work to include India, Russia and the Netherlands.

In 1969, Moore became a board member of the Hawaii Geographic Society and since 1976 has been in charge of that society’s publications program. His “Map of the Pacific Islands” have sold over 1 million copies.

Since 1986, Moore has been adjunct professor of history and religion for Chaminade University of Honolulu. He has written and edited various books, pamphlets and guides to the islands.

Moore is active in many organizations. He enjoys hiking, snorkel diving and playing the piano and organ for various churches.

Moore has centered on the people, religions, history, scenery and industry of India. The audience will visit a village in Bihar State to see the Hindu festival of Saraswati. They will travel to Calcutta and Varanasi (Benares) on the sacred Ganges River to catch the feel of their hubbub and color.

Moore visited the home of a couple with a new baby, the home of a famous dance teacher and another home for a Hindu wedding ceremony as well as the city of Udaipur, famed for its floating palace (now a hotel) and home to a traditional puppet maker and his family.

Wildlife, tigers, bird life, white rhinos, coral reefs and snakes, are all part of the film. A favorite vacation spot in India, the northernmost state of Jammu and Kashmir, nestled at the foot of the Hindu Kush mountains, is also a stop for Moore. The peoples of India are the stars of the film; and the music is performed by Indian musicians utilizing Indian musical instruments.

For more information, call 946-5311 or visit http://ourworld.cs.com/sawyerfoundaiton.

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