Teahouse Films is a student group born out of Villanova University’s Social Justice Documentary class. Year after year, Villanova students devote themselves to advocating for justice through the art of film. Recent projects such as “Rise and Shine” and “Mehsha” have focused on a variety of issues such as education and immigration reform and have been based all the way from Ghana to Philadelphia (not to mention serving as our own hometown inspiration). Teahouse Films is excited to join the legacy past students have left behind with their first documentary which depicts the everyday struggles of life in a small, southwestern village in India.
The name Teahouse Films derives from the significance of both trees and tea in Indian culture. Before leaving, the team was advised to always leave “time for tea.” This is considered time to relax and get to know someone, which the team learned while oversees when they were invited into homes by each family in the community. No matter the family’s economic status or English-speaking level, they would offer what they had – good food and good company. Tea, therefore, signifies the patience, appreciation, and generosity of the Indian people. The phrase “Teahouse” comes from the word tree house, in representation of India’s national tree, the banyan tree, which is pictured in the team’s logo
Teahouse’s first film began production in August 2013 and will premiere in May 2014. The film follows the remarkable change makers within the village of Prashanthagiri as they battle through gender inequality, alcoholism, domestic abuse, and the overwhelming cycle of poverty. Join us as we introduce you to the people and the community that have challenged us to be greater than who we are.