2007 Nepali Film Festival
Sunday April 1, 11:00 am - 6:30 pm at Langara College, 100 W. 49th Ave, Vancouver
TRAS, the Nepal Cultural Society of BC (NCSBC) and Langara College Continuing Studies are co-sponsoring Vancouver's Second Nepali Film Festival on Sunday April 1. The one-day festival, featuring award-winning films about contemporary Nepal, is a fundraiser for TRAS projects supporting health and education of children and youth in Nepal. Together, the films provide a complex, in-depth look at socio-economic conditions in Nepal today.
All films have English subtitles.
The Nepal Cultural Society of BC preserves and promotes Nepali identity and culture amongst residents in BC, builds cooperation, goodwill and mutual support among Nepali British Columbians and assists in human development activities in Nepal.
Langara College Continuing Studies is dedicated to lifelong learning and public service through education. Collaborative programs with community organizations further enrich the learning environment of the College and the community's understanding of public issues that affect society.
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Film Festival Schedule
On the Road with the Red God: Machhendranath (2004; 72 mins) is a multiple award-winning film directed by Kesang Tseten. 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?
We Corner People (2006; 50 mins), another award-winning film by Kesang Tseten, 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.
Subina Shrestha's compelling documentary, A Stove, a Blouse and a Gun (2006; 22 mins), reviews the people's war from women's perspectives and explores reasons why many women joined the Maoist party and took up arms to fight. Now that the conflict is in a state of being managed and peace agreements are being negotiated, the Maoist's female cadre is actively anticipating the outcome of its sacrifices. It's yet to be seen whether women's voices will be heard or not.
Sapana Sakya's and Ramyata Limbu's award-winning and captivating Daughters of Everest (2004; 56 mins) 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.
Trailblazing: The Women of Nepal's Trekking Industry (2005; 24 mins), directed by Vancouver's Lisa Hoffe, 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.
Discussion with Dr. Ramjee Parajulee
There will be a half-hour discussion with Dr. Ramjee Parajulee at 4:15, between the second and third screenings.
Dr. Parajulee was born and raised in Nepal. He has a Master's degree in Political Science from Tribhuvan University, Nepal; a Master's degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, USA; and a Ph.D. in Political Science from George Washington University, USA.
Dr. Parajulee is currently with the Department of Political Science at UBC. He specializes in international relations and democratization in developing countries. He is the author of The Democratic Transition in Nepal (2000, Rowman and Littlefield, USA).
Filmmaker in attendance
TRAILBLAZING filmmaker, Vancouver's Lisa Hoffe, will be at the 5pm screening of her film.
Come to our all-day Himalayan Market (11am-6pm) in the Langara Cafeteria, featuring Himalayan handicraft sales and information on the amazing work that a variety of NGOs, groups and individuals are doing to bring positive change in the lives of Himalayan people. The Market is open to the public, so you don't have to attend a film to come to it! The Nepal Cultural Society will be selling light Nepali snacks (no meals) and tea as refreshments.
Who will be at the market?
$10 for one screening
Information: www.tras.ca/filmfest, 604-224-5133 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org