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2016 Himalayan Film Festival

All Films & Events

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

    Ganesh Pandey / Nepal / 2015 / 50 min mins
    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 The film is a historical document that vividly portrays the picture of the devastating situation in Nepal caused by the earthquake and its physical and psychological impact on the Nepalese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.
    Opening Night Featuring Bhagyale Bachekaharu

    Ninth Street Independent Film Center
    May 13, 2016 6:00 pm

  2. Castaway Man

    Kesang Tseten / Nepal / 2015 / 82 mins
    Dor Bahadur Bista, one of Nepal’s most controversial intellectuals in modern times, disappeared without trace in 1996. Beginning as a field assistant to well-known Austrian anthropologist Fuerer Haimendorf, with whom he had strained relations, he was largely self-trained. He wrote several books, among them People of Nepal (1964) and the controversial Fatalism and Development: Nepal’s Struggle to Modernise (1990). Fatalism and Development, written in English, argued Nepal didn’t develop because of Bahunbaad or Brahminism, by which he meant the values of fatalism and hierarchy, imported from India’s caste culture, which had eclipsed local more egalitarian value systems. Himself a high caste, his views created acrimony, particularly among other high castes. He moved to the remote western district of Jumla, where he established the Karnali Institute to put into practice his beliefs and challenge the Kathmandu elite. The film tracks his life and beliefs and tries to understand his sudden disappearance.
    Castaway Man

    Ninth Street Independent Film Center
    May 14, 2016 1:00 pm

  3. Drawing the Tiger

    Amy Benson, Scott Squire, Ramyata Limbu / Nepal, USA / 2015 / 98 mins
    A family in Nepal living on less than a dollar a day wins the globalization jackpot: a charity scholarship for their daughter to go to school in the capital city. She promises to return, to free her family from poverty. But she does not return. Drawing the Tiger is an intimate portrait of the price one family pays for their golden opportunity.
    Drawing the Tiger

    Ninth Street Independent Film Center
    May 14, 2016 4:15 pm

  4. Talking to the Air: The Horses of the Last Forbidden Kingdom

    Nepal / 2015 / 58 mins
    On a tenuous China border, the remote and fragile Tibetan Buddhist culture of Mustang is where wealth is measured in horses and riding is as elemental as breathing. The thrilling races of the Yartung Festival are the ardent expression of man’s ancient and enduring relationship with the horse.
    Talking to the Air: The Horses of the Last Forbidden Kingdom

    Ninth Street Independent Film Center
    May 14, 2016 2:45 pm

  5. Tashi and the Monk

    Andrew Hinton, Johnny Burke / India, Nepal, UK / 2014 / 40 mins
    In a remote community in the foothills of the Himalayas, a former monk struggles under the weight of his calling. Once a spiritual teacher in the U.S., Lobsang returned to India to create a community for orphaned and neglected children. Tashi, the newest arrival and youngest child with a troubled past and alcoholic father, acts out and challenges her elders every step of the way. But there is a spark in her that Lobsang sees clearly: a person inside the hurt, abandoned child with the potential to blossom and grow. His patience and compassion for Tashi comes from a deeper place than mere sympathy; he was a wild and troubled orphan himself once. The portrait of Lobsang and his family of 84 children is a short and lovely reminder that while there is a lot of darkness in the world, there are also beautiful shining points of light. Q&A and dinner post movie.
    Tashi and the Monk

    Ninth Street Independent Film Center
    May 14, 2016 6:30 pm