Nepal Documentary Listings
Below are the listings I have been able to compile of documentary films relating to Nepal. This long (although not as long as it would be for almost any other country) task came about because of my own interest in creating documentary film there. While I completely feel that it is important to go your own way when making a film without restriction based on predecessor films and audience expectations, I do think it is vital to know as much as possible on what has already been done and said in the field you are working in.
I have scoured the internet to compile this list. Some films have more info on them out there than others, which is why there may be discrepancies in plot synopsis, length, website, etc. All films are listed in alphabetical order by year.
I am sure I am missing many, nor have I seen most of them. PLEASE LET ME KNOW how to watch and what I am missing.
Being Me (Kshitiz Adhiraj)
2009, Nepal, 29 min, Beta SP, Nepali, Hindi and Maithili
This documentary intertwines life and culture in an almost visceral manner to glean a sense of this Nepalese community. The eye of the camera investigates the scene like a tourist creating a collage of melancholy and confusion.
Beneath Everest (Dir: Tulsi Bhandari)
2009. 93 min. Nepali with English subtitles.
Filmed over four years during the height of the Maoist insurgency and Nepal’s historic transition from a 240-year old monarchy to a new Federal Democratic Republic, Beneath Everest is a journey that exposes the causes of the insurgency and critically questions the use and continuation of violence as well as challenges its justification. The film encourages ordinary Nepalis to tell their stories and share their hopes and aspirations for a New Nepal as the country begins the long journey towards sustainable peace, political stability, and an inclusive society.
Gway Maru (A Man without Moustache) (Dir: Prina Raj Joshi)
2009. 45 min. Nepal. Beta SP.
Gway Maru is a documentary about a septuagnarian Gway Maru, known as the “man without a moustache”. He considers it is his bad luck that has plagued his life, condemning him to a hand-to-mouth existence while practicing the dying art of traditional pottery in the small town of Thimi, Nepal. Gway Maru, had received the Critics Choice Award in the Indigenous International Film Festival.
Life for 10,000 (Dir: Saroj Manandhar)
(Year?) Nepal, 52 min.
The film highlights the important work of Maiti Nepal, the Nepali organization that works to prevent girl trafficking. The trafficking of young girls and women from Nepal to India and other countries is a burning issue in Nepal. Maiti Nepal helps the girls and women escape prostitution and find safe economic alternatives.
A Maid in Kuwait (Dir: Kesang Tseten)
2009. (?) 56 min. Nepal
White to Red (Rita Shrestha)
2009. Nepal. 5 min. Beta SP. Nepali
A Hindu woman rejects societal ostracism by shedding her white widow’s sari in this raw and expressive film.
The Chiuree (Okusi – jodo nygko jiw) (Dir: Shova Chepang)
2008. 8 min. Nepal.
For the Chepangs, the chiuree tree is gifted to daughters to celebrate their birth or marriage. No wonder: it is a sweet-scented and sweet-fruited tree, which grows to the 5,000ft level in the Himalaya. It is not only sweet, but also useful; the nuts are used for vegetable butter, soap and candles – and also as an application for gout and rheumatism!
Frames of War (Dir: Kesang Tseten and Prem BK.)
2008. 38 min. Nepal.
Frames of War is a stark reminder that peace has not yet come for those directly affected by Nepal’s 11 year armed conflict, especially for the relatives of those who disappeared, or were wounded or lost their parents. Justice is slow in coming and everyone seems to have forgotten the non-combatants who are victims of the war. The unobtrusive camera work, the music and lyrics add a haunting ambiance and reinforce the message that without truth, justice and acknowledgement of the past, there can be no true reconciliation.
Life For A Child (Dir: Edward Lachman)
2008. 29 min. USA/Nepal.
Directed by Academy Award-nominee Edward Lachman, the new documentary Life for a Child follows the journeys of children with type 1 diabetes amid the verdant mountains and swarming streets of Nepal, one the world’s poorest countries. Through their eyes and in their words, we experience their life-and-death struggle to survive, and, in fact, even thrive.
The Long Journey (Dir: Nabin Subba)
(Year?) 40 min. Nepal.
This film follows the Nepal Delegation to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples, looking at Nepali history through the eyes of indigenous people. The journey is both physical and philosophical, showing how indigenous peoples of Nepal gradually convinced the United Nations that their voices must be heard.
Naaram Namrati (Dir: by Pratimaya Pun)
2008. 8 min. Nepal.
The Magar community uses the Titepati (Artemesia absinthium, or wormwood, to give it its Old English name) as a medicinal plant. It is an aromatic herbaceous shrub, native to temperate regions of Eurasia and northern Africa, which grows on rocky slopes and along footpaths, and has been known for centuries for its therapeutic properties.
Returned Child Soldiers of Nepal’s Maoist Army (Dir: Robert Koenig)
Shangri-La to hell in ten years: How did Nepal, a peaceful landlocked country, become home to the most dramatic Maoist insurgency in modern history. This film tells the personal story of Nepali boys and girls as they attempt to rebuild their lives after fighting a Maoist revolution. Through the voices of former child soldiers, the film examines why these children joined the Maoists and explores the prevention of future recruitment.
Samali (Dir: Loonibha Tuladhar)
2008. 10 min. Nepal.
In some Newari communities, a family friend is sent with the bride to help her adjust.
Sari Soldiers (Dir: Julie Bridgham)
2008. 92 minutes. US/Nepal. Color, DVD, Nepali/English, Subtitled
Filmed over three years during the most historic and pivotal time in Nepal’s modern history, The Sari Soldiers is an extraordinary story of six women’s courageous efforts to shape Nepal’s future in the midst of an escalating civil war against Maoist insurgents, and the King’s crackdown on civil liberties.
Thak Thakma (Dir: Lila Rai)
2008. 10 min. Nepal.
Girls from the Limbu communities are taught the traditional art of Dhaka weaving.
Twisim…A Reality Not Too Far Away (Dir: Prina Raj Joshi)
2008. 37 min. Nepal.
This film is about the Nagadeshi people, who spend their lives working the soil from where more than 60 % of the vegetables grown in the Kathmandu valley are supplied. Only a very few of them employ contemporary technology and practices. One of such farmer struggles to retain his traditional lifestyle amidst the challenges of modernity. Living just 10 km from the Nepali capital Kathmandu, he is threatened by the growing encroachment of housing companies into fertile watershed land.
Better to Have Been Killed (Dir: Dhruba Basnet)
2007. 52 min.
A beautifully shot film by a Nepali documentary that documents how journalists were treated during King Gyanendra’s reign.
Beyul: The Sacred Hidden Valleys of the Himalaya (Dir: Tsering Rhitar Sherpa)
2007. 31 min. Nepal.
This documentary is filmed in the stunningly beautiful Khumbu valley located at the foot of Mt. Everest. The area is now Sagarmatha National Park and a World Heritage Site. Locals believe that Khumbu is one of the many Beyuls – the sacred valleys of the Himalaya – hidden by the 8th century Buddhist saint Padmasmbhava as refuges for people suffering from the impacts of conflicts, famine, or religious persecution. The Khumbu Beyul was discovered by the ancestors of the Sherpa people escaping religious conflict in Tibet, and is considered spiritually powerful, a safe refuge for people, animals and plants. This captivating film raises awareness of the role of such sacred natural sites in protecting the environment and maintaining harmonious relationships between the land and people throughout the world.
The Big Top Shuffle (Dir: Subina Shrestha)
2007. 25 min. Mini DV, Colour. In Nepali and Hindi
Ganesh, a retired circus performer and trainer, has taken to the dangerous job of rescuing young girls from unscrupulous circus owners. Parents of children trafficked to The New Raj Kamal Circus have come to Ganesh’s office for help. In an attempt to rescue the children, he and his colleagues decide to take some parents to Uttar Pradesh. In one of the most lawless areas of India and amidst pervasive police corruption, a wild goose chase begins. The film follows Ganesh as he tries to negotiate the rescue of 20 girls from the circus and it exposes the horrors faced by the children.
Buhran (Dir.: Ajit Lamichhane and Shree Ram Dahal)
2007. 95 min. Mini DV, Colour. In Nepali and Tharu
Dang, a territory in far western Nepal originally inhabited by Tharus, has been a lucrative destination for norther pahadis for many decades. Pahadis migrating to Dang have managed, on the back of pervasive ignorance and political inexperience, to appropriate land from the Tharus, saddle them with loans, and even reduce them to the status of Kamaiya, bondage labourers. Fed up with the situation, the Tharu community found some hope in Buhran, both a name and a process. As a name, Buhran denotes Naya Muluk, the annexed districts of Banke, Bardiya, Kailali and Kanchanpur. As a process, it means the migration of Tharus from Dang to Naya Muluk.
Fairytale of Kathmandu (Dir: Neasa Ní Chianáin)
2007. 59min. United Kingdom / Ireland, Nepal
Director Ni Chianain joins a gay Irish poet who she hugely admires on one of his trips to Nepal, where he sponsors Nepalese youth, and discovers the true motive for his generosity. Unable to believe the allegations about the poet she idolized, the filmmaker is forced to enter the action and confront him.
Forgive! Forget Not! (Chhyama Deu! Tara Nabirsa!) (Dir: Pranay Limbu)
2007. 52 min. DV Cam, Colour. In Nepali
This experimental documentary is the narrated story of a journalist who was detained inside Kathmandu’s infamous Bhairabnath Barracks for 15 months. It provides a mirror to the terrible times just past in Nepal, during the ‘people’s war’ and the state’s reaction to the Maoist insurgency.
The Icefall Doctor: Angnima Sherpa (Dir: Hari Thapa)
2007. 28 min.
The Icefall Doctor examines the life and work of Angnima Sherpa who, since 1975, has made the Khumbu Icefall safe for thousands of climbers. The Khumbu Icefall is the terrifying gateway to Mt. Everest from the south side. Angnima and his team are the first ones too reach base camp, and the last ones to leave. Building anchors and setting ladders, safety is their top priority. This fascinating, beautiful film brings to light an aspect of climbing of which many people are unaware.
Journey of a Red Fridge (Dir: Lucian & Natasa Muntean)
2007. 53 min. Serbia/Montenegro.
Hari Rai is a 17-year-old student who lives in a small village in Nepal. To support himself and pay for his education, he works as a porter. In this documentary, Rai is hired to carry a Coca-Cola refrigerator to a repair shop, and the footage follows him through Nepal’s stunning mountainscape—past tourist-filled hot springs, Buddhist temples, herds of goats and small villages. Rai shares his thoughts, beliefs and hopes for the future along the way. The four-day transport is a poignant portrait of child labor. Supported by the Global Fund for Children, Journey of a Red Fridge takes an unforgettable look at the state of Nepal’s 60,000 child porters.
Kripa (Dir: Maotse Gurung)
2007. 80 min. Fiction film.
During school vacation, an urban girl, Kripa, is brought back to her natal village by her aunt to live with her deaf father. Friendless and lonely, she meets a Lahure (a British/Indian Gurkha), who teaches her to adjust to the village life. She finds friendships in two village children, Neha and Thagu, and learns to feel for her father, Ode, as well. It’s not long before Kripa finds herself caring about a range of social issues. Kripa, the film, is a beautiful presentation of socio-cultural complexity involving the struggle of a reform-minded individual against the forces who seek to sustain and benefit from deep-rooted myths and superstition.
Lost Souls (Dir: Natalie Sanderson , Sumnima Udas)
2007. 57 min. Nepal.
Since the 1950s, when Nepal first opened its doors to the outside world, the majority of Nepal’s sacred art, have been removed from its temples and sold on the international art market, in spite of Unesco and several other international regulations. Dislocated from their original contexts, these images of Gods and Goddesses no longer function as tangible manifestations of a divine being, instead they are aestheticized as objects of curiosity or fine art, admired for their artistic brilliance and iconographic complexity. The divine presence of Gods and Goddesses ceases to exist as they are transported abroad and sold as art, displayed in private collections and public institutions.
One Way (Dir: Ayisha Abraham)
2007. 14 min. India/Nepal. Hindi.
There is an unusual labour migration that happens from the western Nepal district of Bajhang to the city of Bangalore. Set in the underground parking lot of a Bangalore apartment building, One Way follows the livelihood of one such chowkidaar from Bajhang, Shyam Bahadur. The hills of Nepal are being rocked by a people’s war, yet another of the historical disturbances that have forced Nepalis to emigrate for work. Shyam Bahadur lives with the rest of his family in the electric-switching room of the apartment block, to whom he provides service for the sake of survival.
People’s Constitution (Dir: Dil Bhusan Pathak)
With a new constitution underway, a documentary about people’s expectations and views on the constitution-building process in Nepal has been produced by Interface for International IDEA. Since the Jana Andholan II protests that led to the political changes in Nepal, there has been continuous debate about the old Nepali constitution and the new one soon to be drafted. People’s Constitution is a record in film of these various debates. It aims to stimulate citizen action and, by recording various statements and commitments, is a means of ensuring that public figures are held accountable for their promises that the forthcoming constitution-making process will be inclusive and participatory. It also aims to increase the awareness of the people of Nepal in both rural and urban communities and from all classes, castes, gender and regions about the imminent constitutional and political processes.
A Silent Monsoon (Dir: Pravash Gurung)
2007. 34 min. Fiction film.
Set in a rural Nepali village, Nabarasiyeko Jhari (A Silent Monsoon) tells the story of Durga and her struggle to save her twelve-year-old daughter, Laxmi, from the family profession of prostitution. Will Durga be able to fight society and her fate, and set her daughter free? With brilliant performances by Nepal’s most respected actresses, Nisha Sharma Pokharel as Durga and Subhadra Adhikari as her mother, the film questions “life” and “death” through three generations of women trapped between custom and circumstances, wrapped in the alluring beauty of Nepal.
Voices of the Abandoned: Nepali Children in the Armed Conflict (Dir. Lokesh Shrestha, Seetashma Thapa)
2007. 24 min. Mini DV, Colour. In Nepali
The tragic tales of Nepali children affected by the eleven years of armed conflict have largely been swept aside, both by the state and by our society. This documentary is a concerted effort to make the voices, dreams and aspirations heard. The film also takes into account socio-economic issues that may have contributed to the heartrending plight of the children, and serves as a call to mobilize childcare organizations, children rights workers, government officials, political parties and civil society, who bear the responsibility of creating a safe and healthy environment for the development our children.
Chulo, Choli ra Banduk (A Stove, a Blouse and a Gun) (Dir: Subina Shrestha.)
2006. 26 min. Nepal.
Through a brief window of 24 hours Chulo, Choli ra Banduk looks into the current conflict in Nepal and the women behind the frontline. It explores some of the losses and sacrifices that women experienced as a Maoist party cadre and the reasons why many women join the Maoist party.
Dancing Kathmandu (Dir: Sangita Shresthova)
2006. 41 min. USA/Nepal. In Czech, Nepali and English.
Sangita, a dancer of mixed Nepali origin, journeys to Nepal to reconnect with dancers in Kathmandu. As she finds herself connecting with several generations of dancers in the valley, she is also forced to confront the challenges of her own diasporic nostalgia. Dancing Kathmandu explores the fate of Nepal’s dance traditions as they enter the age of globalization.
December Blues (Dir: Shekar Kharel)
2006. 35 min.
A look at modern day Kathmandu through the eyes of the affluent youth. This intriguing documentary shows a side of Kathmandu outside the typical scenes of mountain villages and their inhabitants. It shows Nepal youth embracing dance clubs, party websites and western style revelerie.
For Those About to Rock, We Salute You (Dir: Abinash B. Shah)
2006. 80 min. Mini DV, Colour. In Nepali
A reflection on young, urban Nepalis, this film pictures amateur rock bands vying for spots in a competitive rock concert. Their relentless efforts speak volumes of their passion for music. Seen through the eyes of these energetic teenagers, the ethics of the musical scene and of our society begin to shift.
A Life with Slate (Dir: Dipesh Kharel)
2006. 59 min.
In Alampu, a beautiful and exceedingly remote village in rural Nepal, more than 90% of villagers work in the local slate mine. Their lives take on an almost poetic dimension, as women perform treacherous and arduous work alongside men in the mountainside mines. We learn how to separate slate slabs from the precipitous rock face and watch as miners carry heavy slate loads to distant markets. The film emphasizes the way co-operation between the miners makes this tough life bearable, and portrays moving scenes of the lives of mining families.
Machanaayo, the Leader (Dir: Deepak Rauniyar)
2006. 30 min.
Troubled by the destruction of beautiful old houses in Kathmandu, architect and sculptor, Rabindra Puri, quit his job to work full-time preserving buildings built in traditional Nepali styles of architecture. The film documents Rabindra’s renovation and preservation of Namuna Ghar, a stunning and intricately designed 150-year old Newari-style house in Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu. Rabindra won the 2004 UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Award for his work. Namuna Ghar has inspired more than 10,000 visitors, and stands as a model and reminder of the importance of preserving Nepal’s unique architectural styles.
A Nepali Émigré in Paris (Dir: Sushma Joshi)
2006. 4 min.
A Nepali man flees political repression in Nepal in the late 1980s as the fight for democracy begins. After living in Paris for 20 years, he has had no reason to look back – until now, when both his loyalty and his love are torn between two sides.
Om Bikram (Dir: Dhiraj Rai)
2006. 47 min. Mini DV, Colour. In Nepali
In the 1980s, a new kind of music unleashed in Nepal. Not following the traditional aesthetics, young singers were tuning to electric guitars and western drums. Focussing on the talent of singer Om Bikram Bista, the film tracks the history of pop music in Nepal and the hurdles faced by the pop singers on their road to fame.
Our School (Dir: Kedar Sharma)
2006. 28 min.
Our School is a moving portrayal of “inclusive” schools in Nepal and challenges discriminatory, exclusive practices against disabled children. The narrator, Ramesh, himself a blind child, explains how studying in a school with students who can see makes him feel “normal”. The film focuses on three schools, taken as examples, in different part of the country: the first is a school for deaf and hearing-abled students; the second is for blind and sight-abled students; and the third school, in the capital, teaches children of brick-makers who come to Kathmandu for six months every year. The film makes the points that these children are not disabled but rather are different with their own unique abilities and talents, and should not be excluded from attending school with other children.
Outside the Newsroom (Dir: Dil Bhusan Pathak)
2006. 23 min.
After learning of the tragic death of a village woman as a result of abortion by the most conservative and unhygienic means, a television news anchor embarks on a journey to the remote Accham district in pursuit of the story. Through the film, we learn about archaic methods of abortion still prevalent in many parts of Nepal, and the resulting suffering of women. The film captures the individual tragedy that is the result of the vicious circle of poverty, ignorance, gender discrimination and fatalism.
We Corner People (Dir: Kesang Tseten,)
2006. 50 min.
This award-winning film by tells the story of a remote Tamang village that is getting a Swiss-funded trail bridge to make life easier and placate fear. The film depicts conditions of grinding poverty that will astonish and move us to the core, and reveals some of the tensions and complexities that can accompany western development initiatives.
Yearning for Learning (Dir: Kedar Sharma)
2006. 22 min.
Twelve-year-old Bharat understands the challenge of being born into a poor family in a poor country. For many children in rural Nepal, attending school is a privilege rather than a right. Those who don’t go to school have futures shrouded in uncertainty. Bharat, however, knows the importance of education. Through his and his mother’s undaunting efforts, he manages to go to school and reserve some hours of the day for study. As well as telling Bharat’s story, the film discusses issues of child exploitation and abuse of children’s rights in Nepal.
The Last Race (Dir: Alex Gabbay and Subina Shrestha)
2005. 23 min. In Nepali.
“Sometimes I think I miss him sorely and yet, at times I can’t even remember his face”. Thirteen-years-old Lakpa was left in the village by his parents when they left for America. Stranded alone with his drunken uncle, in the beautiful village of Manang, Lakpa’s only obsession is to leave for America. But he wants his friend Karma, the only other person he cares for, to come with him. Set in the foothills of the Himalayas, the film explores the friendship of the two boys. Karma wants to win the annual Yarthung, the horse race for men. He loves horses and wants to stay in the village to participate in the Yarthung. Lakpa is ready to do anything to hasten their departure to America. But the risks are high and he is not ready for the consequences.
Punam (Dir: Lucian Muntean and Nataša Stankovic)
2005. 27 min. Serbia. In Nepali and Tamang with English subtitles
Beautifully and sensitively produced, Punam tells the story of nine-year-old Punam Tamang, who lives in Bhaktapur in Nepal. Punam lost her mother when she was five years old and since that time she has been the family caretaker, providing for her younger brother Krishna (now seven) and her younger sister Rabina (now five).
Trailblazing: The Women of Nepal’s Trekking Industry (Dir: Lisa Hoffe)
2005. 24 min.
Trailblazing documents the pioneering spirit and determination of the fledgling few women trekking guides working in a male-dominated adventure tourism industry and a conservative mountain culture. The story centers around three sisters, who operate the first and only female-owned trekking agency in Nepal. Now the high demand for female guides has prompted the sisters to train 20 to 25 young women twice a year to build capacity for women in the industry, also a first in Nepal.
Bhenda Ko Oon Jasto (In Search of a Song) (Dir: Kiran Krishna Shrestha)
2004. 60 min.
The release of the song Bhenda Ko Oon Jasto by the Nepali pop band Nepathya took Nepal by a storm. The song (which was an old folk song that Nepathya sang in a modern rock version) became an instant hit that put the band Nepathya, which had been fading during the last couple of years, into the forefront of Nepali pop/rock music scene. In this film Bhenda Ko Oon Jasto (literal translation “Like Sheep’s Wool”) filmmaker Kiran Krishna Shrestha documents the trip that two members of Nepathya (vocalist Amrit Gurung and bassist Danu) along with journalist Narayan Wagle made in search of the village in Langtang region where the folk song Bhenda Ko Oon Jasto originated from. The team manages to locate the village and are blissfully entertained when the villagers sing the song in the original version. What may have started out as a fun road trip turns out to be a special journey where the distance between different classes, between rural and urban residents and between different genres of music begin disappearing, at least for a moment.
Daughters of Everest (Sapana Sakya and Ramyata Limbu)
2004. 56 min.
Award-winning and captivating Daughters of Everest documents the first-ever expedition of Sherpa women to climb Everest. Although the Sherpa people are legendary for their unmatched skill in mountaineering, Sherpa women are discouraged from climbing Everest, relegated instead into support roles in the climbing industry of Nepal. Told from a woman’s perspective rarely seen on Everest or off, this film is both a dramatic, inspiring Everest story and an absorbing portrait of the Sherpa community.
On the Road with the Red God: Machhendranath (Dir: Kesang Tseten)
2004. 72 min.
Every 12 years, impassioned devotees pull a 65-feet tall unwieldy chariot, its rider an enigmatic god, on a month-long journey through the Kathmandu Valley. The enterprise calls for extreme cooperation and rigorous observance of ritual in the building, sanctification and pulling of the chariot. But the jatra (festival) is an arena of gritty reality, where participants vie for everything from a share of ritual meat to status and proximity to the god. The chariot teeters, as does the community, between chaos and order, conflict or solidarity. Thus, every 12 years, the same question: will the journey succeed?
Pani (Water) (Dir: Sushma Joshi)
2000. 28 min.
Pani documents the lively discussions between the inhabitants of Lele, a rural Nepali village, about the daily problems of their water supply system and its management. The film follows the growing conflict in the community after the installation of a water pipe and tap system. Gender and caste differences play a vital part in the disputes as women and lower caste members are excluded from decision making even though they are the principal users. The film tracks the wide disparity in control and communication revealing frustrations that result in the pipe being cut and maintenance fees unpaid. The lesson portrayed is that even small scale models of development will not work unless traditional social infrastructure, especially gender biases and cultural discrimination, are addressed by donors and local managers.
Schools in the Crossfire (Dir: Dhurba Basnet)
2004. 52 min. Nepal.
Schools in Nepal have been an easy target of the Maoists and the state. As they live in the remote corner of the country, the government suspects them of being on the Maoists side while the Maoists accuse them of being a state spy. The film deals with the impact of the war on schools, teachers and students.
Six ‘Stories’ (Dir: Mohan Mainali)
2004. 43 min. Nepal.
Over 10,000 Nepalis have lost their lives after the Maoists launched their violent revolt in early 1996. It may take years for many families that have lost members to overcome their loss. This is the story of six such families of far west Nepal. Three of them were killed by the Maoists and rest were killed by the security forces. None of the dead were combatants.
Team Nepal (Director: Girish Giri)
2004. 37 min. Nepali / Hindi / Bhojpuri
The story of a passionate team of Nepali footballers representing a youth club from the district of Birgunj. This team is given a unique opportunity not often granted to the still-growing community of Nepali football enthusiasts to travel to Sonpur, Bihar in India, to play football in a tournament taking place there. Team Nepal is the documentation of their experiences in Bihar, traveling, meeting and mixing with other footballers, living in a foreign country, and playing the game they love.
Famine in the Far West (Dir: Mohan Mainali)
2003. 25 min. Nepal.
The government and the Maoists have both restricted the import of food and other items of daily necessity in areas affected by the ongoing conflict in Nepal. Food scarcity is a perpetual condition in mountain regions that have always had to import food from elsewhere. The far-western district of Bajura is one such district. And this time the crops too have failed, and seeds and fertiliser are not available for the next sowing. But, villagers are still being forced to feed the Maoists. Unless the situation changes for the better, Bajura is going to be hit by a famine in the near future.
Hamro Bishnumati (Dir: Dipendra Bhandari)
2003. 30 mins.
This film is focused with the present condition of Bishnumati river which is second biggest river of Kathmandu valley. Main cause of river pollution and interrelation between river and the religious places like temples, monuments and cremation ghats etc. Ongoing activities of CLEAN – NEPAL for preserving polluted river and Bishnumati corridor as well.
History for Winners (Itihaas Jitneharuka Laagi) (Dir: Pranay Limbu)
2003. 67 min. DV Color. Nepali. Subtitled.
An award-winning singer makes a desperate but unsuccessful attempt to make a comeback after being in musical hibernation for seven years. Itihaas Jitneharuka Laagi portrays the changes in the Nepali music scene, as represented by Kuber Rai and Dheeraj Rai. The two singers are a study in contrasts, with their diametrically opposing personalities and attitude towards music. The film invokes a Nepali adage ”bolne ko pitho bikcha, na bolne ko chaamal pani bikdaina”, which suggests that to succeed one has to be a good salesman.
Jazzmandu 2002 (Dir: Paula Kleinheerenbrink/ R. Nav Der Veen)
2002. 37 min.
Jazzmandu is a documentary on the first jazz festival ever held in Nepal. For those who thought Nepal is all about mountains, sadhus and honeybee hunters…you’ve been seriously been misled.
Kathmandu Odyssey (Dir: Shekhar Kharel)
2003. 36 min.
Kathmandu Odyssey is the story of a buffalo rider-turned-professor. At its simplest, the film explores the relation between a poet and a place. Professor Abhi Subedi sees Kathmandu in many dimensions. He is a great raconteur and reflects on his encounters and friendships with litterateurs, painters, musicians, and hippies in the sixties, and his journey to professorship.
Kathmandu: Untold Stories (Dir: Alex Gabbay and Subina Shrestha)
2003. 26 min.
is a sensitive rendition of the concerns, feelings and frustrations of young people in Nepal. It features a series of intimate interviews where teenagers pour out their anxieties about sex, drugs, diseases, marriage and social pressures. The tangible isolation, frustration coupled with a lack of familial support or just having someone to “talk to”, expressed in the video, point to the factors that make the young people of Nepal so vulnerable to HIV/AIDS.
The Making Of ”Sundar Santa Nepal” (Dir: Alok Maskey)
2003. 30 min.
During Feb-Mar 2003 after the ceasefire 6 Nepali artist from different games of music went on tour from east to west Nepal spreading the words of peace. The tour was named “Sundar Santa Nepal”. This film is the documentation of this 14 days trip.
Pharilapcha-and then there were two (Dir: Dinesh Deokota)
2003. 49 min.
Three absolute novices attempt to climb a virgin mountain peak. A film about their trials and tribulations in putting the climb together which at first glance looks bleak.
The Living of Jogimara (Dir: Mohan Mainali)
2002. 38 min. Nepal.
In early 2002, 17 construction workers from Jogimara, Dhading were killed by the Nepali army while building a runway in another district, Kalikot. They were branded ‘terrorists’ by the state, and their families did not get their dead bodies or any compensation. Some families have conducted last rites for their loved one; others wait, hoping their relatives will return.
A Small Piece of Blue Sky. (Dir: Christopher Krahl)
2002. 28 mins. English.
The documentary deals with the Nepalese NGO ‘PAM – Prisoners Assistance Mission’ based in Kathmandu. Since 1991 PAM is working for children whose parents are imprisoned in various prisons of Nepal. The PAM Nestling Home is giving nearly 50 children a new home and the possibility of education and the chance for a self-sustained life in the future.
Bheda Gothalo (Shepherd) (Director: Sahaj Man Shrestha)
2001. 25 mins. English.
Lifestock rearing is one of man’s oldest occupations. To this day people raise sheep in the most conventional way as they cannot part with nature and tradition. Bheda Gothalo is about a shepherd who has tended sheep in the mountains of Nepal, all his life.
A Rough Cut on the Life and Times of Lachuman Magar (Dir: Dinesh Deokota)
2001. 39 min. Nepal.
He has fought in the Bangladesh war, jumped as a paratrooper, and married five times. At age of 58, Lachuman still eyes the opposite sex, charming them, cajoling them. But his life seems to have come full circle for this cleaner at a tourist lodge in Nepal’s western Tarai.
The Killing Terraces (Dir: Dhruba Basnet)
2001. 40 min. Nepal.
With footage shot in the Nepali Maoist stronghold districts of Rukum, Rolpa and Jajarkot, the film attempts to understand the causes underlying the rise of the Maobaadi, the role of the state, and the devastating impact on the lives of the hill people.
We Have the Same Kind of Blood (Dir: Berit Madsen)
2001. 41 min. Nepal.
Shot in western Nepal this film is a close portrait of the daily life of Dalit or “untouchables”, in a small mountain village in west Nepal. Several Dalit castes – Kami, Damai, Sunar, Bhul among others – as well as some Thakuri upper-caste households inhabit the village. The film is an experience of the relationship between lower and upper castes and their reflections on the caste system. Why are there separate water taps for upper and lower castes? Why are the Dalit forbidden accesses to temples? As the film progresses, we get an understanding of the influence of the religious cosmology upon caste behaviour and the daily life as such.
Arko Ujyalo (Another Light) (Dir: Kedar Sharma)
2000. 20 min. Nepal.
The film tells the endearing and inspiring true story of a lively twelve-year old boy, who lost his vision at the age of three through having measles. Nandalal Kumal is shown coping with everyday life in a small Nepalese village. You see him with his family, playing with his friends, and going to school. His father and teacher talk about the importance of letting him attend the local school, rather than being sent to a school for special needs outside the village. They recognize his need to be part of the community and to learn the skills he needs to do household chores and to earn his living.
The Day My God Died (Dir: Andrew Levine)
2000. 53 min. USA / Nepal / India
This film is a feature-length documentary that presents the stories of young girls whose lives have been shattered by the child sex trade. They describe the day they were abducted from their village and sold into sexual servitude as, “The Day My God Died.”
Listen to the Wind (Dir: Kesang Tseten Lama)
2000. 31 mins.
A Sherpa boy in the high mountains of Nepal is different. An old man with deteriorating eyesight who wishes to see the rare Kalma Metok flower before he dies is his best friend. In the face of mounting obstacles at his new school, bullying classmates, diminishing chance of securing a much needed scholarship and the threat of expulsion from school can he realize his friend’s advice to listen to the wind to find his own answer?
Don’t Pass Me By (Director: Sarah Kapoor / Kristi Vuorinen / Christina Lamey)
1999. 40 mins.
Don’t Pass Me By is a story about an odd intersection of lives in the tourist town of Pokhara, Nepal. Locals and tourists have been crossing paths here since the 60s, but don’t often move out of the local-serving-tourist context. The filmmakers figured that there had to be more to each side.
My Mother’s Life (Dir: Sarah Kapoor / Christina Lamey / Kristi Vuorinen)
1999. 24 mins. USA/Nepal
My Mother’s Life is about Badi women in Nepal. For generations the women of this caste have earned a living as prostitutes. For the first time the Badis are trying to break the cycle. With the help of aid money, they are hoping that education will give their daughters a better life.
The Selling of Innocents (Dir: Bill Cobban)
1996. 47 min. India/Nepal
The Selling of Innocents follows the Indian flesh trade from its source in Nepal to the sex factories of Bombay. The film was not easy to shoot. In Nepal, the shooting unit was not allowed to enter ‘high risk’ villages- those villages from which many girls have landed in the brothels of India. And while shooting in Bombay’s Kamathipura area, they were attacked by local goons. However, in the film, the girls in Bombay’s brothels take the courageous step of speaking on-camera to warn other girls of the dangers of ‘going to Bombay’ In one of the documentary’s most powerful moments, a hidden camera records a Nepali farmer selling his daughter into prostitution to producer Ruchira Gupta.
A la Khate Country: Nepal (Director: Morten Nielsen/Frantz Rosenberg/Nenna Brinck)
1997. 24 mins. Nepali.
In Kathmandu more than 1000 children and youngsters, mainly male, survive on waste picking. Life in the streets is full of conflicts, but is also contains a degree of freedom, especially for the older boys. This is depicted through interviews with two young men waste pickers, or “khate”, Man Bahadur and Hari.
Freak Street to Goa: Immigrants on the Rajpath (Dir: John Lalnunsang Pudaite, John T. Caldwell)
Freak Street to Goa: Immigrants on the Rajpath is an impressionistic documentary about ‘survivors’ from the western subculture who travelled to India and Nepal in the sixties. The film has been built up around memories, stories and poetry of four writers and artists who eventually settled down in Asia. Dick, once a Harvard student and commercial artist, became a producer of macrobiotic food. Eddy, an underground writer from the fifties, became an artist. Jim, formerly a radical activist in the U.S. Army, now writes epic poems and novels. Woody, an ex-artist, now runs several bakeries in Kathmandu and Goa.
Apart from the biographical scenes the film consists of images and sounds of the journey the people from this subculture make every year between the Himalaya Mountains of Nepal and the beach of Goa in South India. The film was shot entirely on location. A large part of the pictures and interviews are illegal because the local government kept trying to put a stop to this film enterprise. It does not present the image of Nepal and India that is desired by them.
Shamans of the Blind Country (Dir: Michael Opitz)
1981. 221 min. West Germany/Nepal.
An ethnographic film that studies the Magar people of West Nepal, a pre-literate mountain tribe living in the vicinity of the Dhaulagiri range and practicing a shamanistic religion.
Uhile Ko Nepal (Dir: Toni Hagen)
1950. 47 min. Nepal.
Arriving in Nepal in 1950, Toni Hagen was the first foreigner to trek throughout Nepal, a country hitherto forbidden and quite unknown to the outside world. This was in the course of the geological survey and mapping that the Swiss geologist undertook first in behalf of Nepal and, later, of the United Nations.