Films at the Himalayan Fair
Under the towering oaks and redwood trees in the midst of a quaint Berkeley neighborhood, Live Oak Park becomes a vast marketplace with over 100 privately owned shops, free live music and several food vendors including Momos freshly made by the Tibetan Community, Nepalese and Indian foods. This year you can now get a taste of Himalayan cinema with the 1st Annual Himalayan Film Festival at the Himalayan Fair. Himalayan Fair is May 18th and 19th in Live Oak Park
Eric Valli / Films at the Himalayan Fair, Nepali Cinema, San Francisco Screening / Nepal / 2011 / Documentary / 52 minsEvery spring, tens of thousands of men, women and children leave their villages for a dangerous trek to the high Himalaya, sometimes at the cost of their lives, to collect Yarsagumbu -a mysterious transmutation between plant and insect. Used in Chinese medicine, it is worth up to 60 000 USD a kilo –more than gold!
Dhondup Wangchen / Films at the Himalayan Fair, Tibet in Focus / Tibet / 2008 / Documentary / 25 minsLeaving Fear Behind is a heroic film shot by Tibetans from inside Tibet, who longed to bring Tibetan voices to the Beijing Olympic Games. The films director was arrested by for the film and remains behind bars today. All Proceeds go to Dhondup Wangchen and Lhamo Tso Freedom Fund.
Kesang Tseten / Films at the Himalayan Fair, Nepali Cinema / Kuwait, Nepal / 2010 / Documentary / 56 minsSaving Dolma reflects on the lives of female migrant domestic workers -- one of the most vulnerable groups of workers and the issues they face in the Middle East.
Ngawang Choephel / Films at the Himalayan Fair, Tibet in Focus / Tibet / 2009 / Documentary / 86 minsTibet in Song is both a celebration of traditional Tibetan folk music and a harrowing journey into the past fifty years of cultural repression inside Chinese controlled Tibet.