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The Magic of the Himalayas is back!

Join us for the Fourth Annual Bay Area Himalayan Film Festival and explore the majestic beauty of the Himalayas on May 13th and 14th, 2016.

This year, we are highlighting the resilience and spirit of the people in Nepal following the disastrous earthquake a year ago and the unprecedented youth involvement that we witnessed in the relief efforts. We have two inspirational leaders from a youth organization in Nepal, Chewan Rai and Kshitiz Bhattarai who will be our guests speakers on the opening and closing night.  Come join us for heartwarming movies, interesting conversations, and delicious Nepali dinner!

Join Us Opening Night!

Opening Night Featuring : Bhagyale Bachekaharu — Miracle Survivals in Nepal Earthquake


On 25 April and 12 May 2015, a devastating earthquake (7.8 on the Richer Scale) and its aftershocks struck Nepal leaving more than 9,000 dead, thousands injured, hundreds of people missing and others displaced. More than half a million houses were destroyed, heritage sites crumbled, transportation came to a halt, and people’s day-to-day activities were completely paralyzed. Bhagyale Bachekaharu (Nepal Earthquake: Heroes, survivors, and Miracles) is the story of several individuals who miraculously survived the devastating earthquake. It also features interviews of Armed Police Force Inspector Laxman Basnet who rescued people; Nepal Army’s Deepak Rai and Bikas KC, who rescued a four-month-old baby; and National Poet Laureate Madhav Prasad Ghimire who survived both the 1934 and 2015 earthquakes. The film is a historical document that vividly portrays the picture of the devastating situation in Nepal caused by the earthquake and its physical and psychological impact on the Nepalese people.

Program Agenda:

6:00p – Door open/registration/networking/ dinner

7:30p – Welcome session and movie intro

7:45p – Feature movie – Bhagyale bachekaharu (50 min)

8:45p – Short – Every known piece of me had to be broken, a short film shown through spiritual journey of Nisha Thapa; directed by Jovelyn D Richards host of KPFA Pacifica Radio

9:00p – Q&A and panel discussion with Chewan Rai and Kshitiz Bhattarai, inspirational youths and Board of “Youth Thinker’s Society” who led a coalition of local Nepalese youth to serve in relief efforts – Facilitated by Jovelyn D Richards, Host of KPFA Pacifica Radio

10:00p – Door close