Tea-related Documentaries

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Wed Oct 04, 2017 6:20 pm

This is a list of documentaries related to tea that I've gathered over the last couple years. I am still discovering new ones all the time, so I will edit them in as I find them. If you happen to have any suggestions on documentaries/videos to add to the list, just post them as a reply and I will add them.

Also, if any of the links are broken or lead to videos that do not exist, let me know please and I will try to find a replacement link.

Many of them are from CCTV, but there are a few others as well.


Tea: The Story of a Leaf (playlist)

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... aGJA2QaR3U


The Ancient Tea Horse Road:

http://english.cntv.cn/program/document ... _tea_road/


Tea Culture of the Wuyi Mountains:

http://english.cntv.cn/program/documentary/wuyitea/


Harmonious Yunnan: Tea Mountain:

http://english.cntv.cn/program/storyboa ... 6756.shtml


Pu-erh In Yunnan:

Part 1: http://english.cntv.cn/program/document ... 4251.shtml

Part 2: http://english.cntv.cn/program/document ... 3948.shtml


China Insight Tea Glorious Tea:

Part 1: http://english.cntv.cn/program/rediscov ... 5262.shtml

Part 2: http://english.cntv.cn/program/rediscov ... 5718.shtml


Tibet Tea:

http://english.cntv.cn/program/rediscov ... 5718.shtml


Travelogue Following the Tea Horse Trail:

Part 1: http://english.cctv.com/program/travelo ... 0887.shtml

Part 2: http://english.cctv.com/program/travelo ... 0767.shtml

Part 3: http://english.cctv.com/program/travelo ... 1078.shtml


China's Historic Towns Yiwu:

http://english.cntv.cn/2014/05/26/VIDE1 ... 4713.shtml


Travelogue Lijian:

http://english.cntv.cn/program/travelog ... 3197.shtml


A really HD documentary on Yixing pots:




Along the Coast Yixing:

http://english.cntv.cn/program/document ... 5429.shtml


Yixing Clay Teapots Enriching Chinese Culture:

http://english.cctv.com/program/e_docum ... 0840.shtml


Heritage on Fingertips: Zisha Teapots:




Travelogue Jingdezhen:

http://english.cctv.com/program/travelo ... 0729.shtml


Begin Japanology - Matcha

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The Tea Explorer, just released this year. Still being shown at various tea venues and airing occasionally on Canadian television. Not been released online or on dvd or digital yet.

http://90thparallel.ca/site2016/portfol ... -explorer/
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All in This Tea can be watched here:

https://www.ultramoviejagg.pro/watch-al ... g-v1-85658
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Mon Jul 29, 2019 4:28 pm

Last night I watched a documentary I really enjoyed. Maybe some of you've seen it, but if not it's worth a watch if you're into pottery or art. It's about potter Kevin Crowe and his four day wood kiln firing.

Out of the Fire (2013) [Courtenay Singer]
IMDB wrote:This inspiring documentary film features renowned wood-firing potter Kevin Crowe, and his apprentice Krista Loomans. The film follows a four day wood-kiln firing of nearly 2000 pots, in which six months worth of work - and income - are at stake. The film explores the drive to create, the importance of community, and the roles of chance-taking and authenticity in making excellent work, and living a fulfilling life.
Here's an excerpt on Youtube:


Here's the IMDB on it:
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2885396/

If you've got amazon prime you can watch it "free" on there.
https://www.amazon.com/Out-Fire-Kevin-C ... B01HFNM1LK
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Thu Aug 01, 2019 2:23 am

t-curious wrote:
Mon Jul 29, 2019 4:28 pm
Last night I watched a documentary I really enjoyed. Maybe some of you've seen it, but if not it's worth a watch if you're into pottery or art. It's about potter Kevin Crowe and his four day wood kiln firing.

Out of the Fire (2013) [Courtenay Singer]
thanks. i watched it yesterday and liked it. i didn't realize wood kilns needed to be supervised so closely during firing.
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Thu Aug 01, 2019 3:14 am

Yes, that is part of why wood fired pottery is usually more expensive.
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Sun Aug 25, 2019 3:58 pm

Here's an interesting documentary about Korean potter Cheon Han-Bong making teaware.

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Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:59 am

another good one, @t-curious. thank you.

i was a little surprised to see him breaking all those imperfect (or i suppose less interesting) bowls at the end. i would've gladly kept one :lol:
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Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:12 am

@pedant I think the mindset of a potter has to adapt to be able to let go of their own creations, be it by loss in the kiln, lacking quality, or simply being sold to a customer.

I know first hand how precious one thinks every self created piece is, but with time and experience one realises that one needs to be ruthless and let go of what is not good enough.

But I have saved a few pieces from the swinging hammer hands of a potter friend and they now lead a happy life at my tea table :)
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