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Social documentary and filmmaker Phil Borges was born on January 1st 1942. He is from the USA, but that has not stopped him from traveling around the world to bring awareness of the struggles of indigenous tribes. He graduated from University of California where he has won the prestigious University of California medal. Originally he was a orthodontist until he turned 45 declaring a himself a full time photographer.  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. All the awareness he brings to these tribes has brought him some prestigious awards like the Luci award. 
His work often grasps the hardships that the tribes have. Most of these people are having their first contact with the outside world and are struggling to keep their strong cultural roots. In his portraits they consist of one person who had cultural marking on them and a background of the scenery they live in. Having seen these people first hand Phil Borges lectures at colleges around the world. He has met many different kinds of people. Often times they are seen very different to the common person. The people he interviews have taken a break in society. They are taken in by older Shamans. Phil began to interview individuals in North America that had a similar ‘break’ along with the mental health professionals who treat them using either a biomedical, psycho-social or spiritual approach. Phil Borges has also researched the hard topic of oppression of women. He has been interviewing women who have been “Stiring the Fire”. His lectures bring the audience face to face with these people who are remote and mostly unknown women who are fighting the oppression they face every day in there life.
  In conclusion, Phil Borges is a man who studies the different kinds of people and is fascinated by their differences. His photography documents the people so that the common person can see the strong cultural roots of other people.

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