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Phil Borges

05: June 2012

For over twenty-five years Phil Borges has been documenting indigenous and tribal cultures, striving to create an understanding of the challenges they face. His work is exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide and his award winning books, which have been published in four languages, include Tibetan Portrait, Enduring Spirit, and Women Empowered and Tibet: Culture on the Edge. He has hosted television documentaries on indigenous cultures for Discovery and National Geographic channels. Phil also lectures and teaches internationally.


Phil’s recent project, Inner Worlds, explores cultural differences with respect consciousness, mental illness and the relevance of Shamanic traditional practices and beliefs to those of us living in the modern world.


Phil’s program Stirring the Fire has produced several short documentaries, a book and an exhibition highlighting some of the extraordinary women worldwide who are breaking through gender barriers and conventions in order to enhance the well being of their communities.


In 2000 Phil founded Bridges to Understanding, an on-line classroom program that connects youth worldwide through digital storytelling in order to enhance cross-cultural understanding and help build a sense of global citizenship in youth. He also co-founded Blue Earth Alliance, a 501c3 that sponsors photographic projects focusing on endangered cultures and threatened environments.


Phil graduated from University of California as a Regents Scholar in 1969 and was honored with their prestigious University of California Medal in 2004. He lives with his wife and partner Julee Geier in Seattle.


Phil participated in the June 2012 MediaStorm Methodology Workshop. He had the following to say about his experience:


Again thanks so much for a wonderful workshop! I've been producing multimedia for NGOs for the past six years and your Methodology Workshop has given me fresh ideas that will certainly improve my storytelling and workflow. You and MediaStorm are truly an inspiration and gift for those of us involved in social documentary work. We are all watching with anticipation your pioneering move with pay-for-story and the ingenious Media Player.