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Lil Buddha

9 mins |
United States |
  • Adventure
  • Mountain Sports
Lindsey Hagen
LANGUAGE(S): English


Lo Phong has hiked over 48,000 miles since the age of 19. He attributes his motivation and drive to his Hmong lineage, a family of survivors who’ve historically persevered and celebrated their freedom since their removal from SouthEast Asia by the US military in 1976. Lo Phong’s story chronicles the journey of a refugee on a quest for freedom and a sense of home. Lo Phong finds redemption from generations of trauma through his relationship with the natural world, shared connection with others and his advocacy work for inclusion and diversity in the outdoors.

Lo Phong is currently working with Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) to raise awareness and funds for STOP AAPI Hate. CAA’s mission includes fighting for systemic change by advocating for racial justice and to serve as the lead aggregator in critical data gathering to track and respond to the surge in violence and xenophobia.

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This film was part of Program 3, Summer Fest 2023, VIMFF 2023, VIMFF 2023 Tour and is no longer available for viewing.



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Lindsey Hagen

Lindsey Hagen is a Director, Executive Producer and Story Producer with a focus on cause related storytelling. Lindsey has a background in sales and marketing, journalism and brand strategy. She leads a successful career ideating and pitching meaningful stories to brand and network partners, creating compelling human centered films and campaigns.

Lindsey’s films have gone onto festivals like Tribeca, Cannes, Outfest and have won numerous Staff Picks and Telly Awards.


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