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2016 Himalayan Film Festival

Castaway Man

Directed by Kesang Tseten

Nepal / 2015 / 82 mins / West Coast/ North America Premiere

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Castaway Man

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

Description

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.

Dates & Times

Castaway Man

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