On Thursday the 5th of April, join us in Bristol for an intimate screening of a selection of films on Nepal. Learn more about the country PHASE works in and why our work is so important.
The evening will feature two inspiring documentaries filmed in Nepal.
Children of the Snow Land & Daughters of the Curved Moon
The filmmakers will be present to introduce the films. We will hold an interval between the films where refreshments will be available.
Children of the Snow land
In the mountain villages of Nepal there is a difficult choice. If you want to have an education, you have to give up your family. If you want to be with your family, you have to give up all hope of an education.
Children of the Snow Land tells the story of a group of children born in the High Himalayas of Nepal – a remote area of great natural beauty but where life is extremely tough. From just four years old, some children are sent by their parents to the capital city, Kathmandu, to a school run by a Buddhist monk in the hope that education will give them a better chance in life.
For ten years or more they do not see or speak to their parents, due to the remoteness of their villages.
Now, upon graduation, aged 16, the children are making the trek home: an arduous and lengthy journey across mountains that takes them to the highest inhabited place on the planet; a faraway, off-grid land where the way of life has not changed for thousands of years, and where their parents are waiting to see children brought up in a world of mobile phones, social media and most modern conveniences. And then the earthquake strikes.
Children of the Snow Land documents their scary, moving, funny and humbling stories.
Joanna Lumley Says:
“I went to boarding school; but I was eight, and I came home for the holidays and therefore was with my family as I turned from being a little child into a teenager. Imagine not seeing your parents and home for 12 years! The remote mountain villages in Nepal are notoriously difficult to get to; and yet imagine the black and white choice between home life or being educated miles away. This is a stunning film: and I hope it will prompt generous donations towards a better system of pastoral care in this awesome Himalayan region.”
Children of the Snow Land is Produced & Directed by Zara Balfour & Marcus Stephenson
It is edited by Graham Taylor
Executive Producer is Christopher Hird
Film Website: http://www.childrenofthesnowland.com/
Daughters of the Curved Moon
An extraordinary young woman takes us on a journey to her remote mountain
village in Western Nepal. Whilst sharing inspiring stories of women, she
challenges the traditional Hindu customs that bind the lives of her villagers.
Nisha Budha is an extraordinary young Nepali woman who takes us on a journey back
to visit her family and village in Jumla, a remote mountain district in far Western
Shot over a period of several years, the film is an expedition into a community
steeped in ancient customs and beliefs and a rite of passage for this young woman
coming to terms with her struggle against tradition while pursuing her personal
dreams. Her natural curiousity and charismatic questions take us deep into the heart
of the lives of a group of women who have been living within the constraints of
traditional societal structure, where centuries of repressive culture have undermined
Nepali women both socially and economically. Her beautiful singing voice
accompanies us into the homes and deeply personal stories of her family and
villagers who, despite their subsistence lives, still find reason to celebrate. With her
own unique tenacity, this Daughter of Jumla has her own personal quest to improve
the lives of her own sisters and villagers, and through her endeavors, to challenge the
thinking of her own family.
Until now, the voices of women spanning generations have gone unheard. Although the women of Jumla are still living at the mercy of old traditions and practices, the next generation of daughters are gaining access to education and attitudes are slowly starting to shift.
This film was shot in Jumla, West Nepal over four shoots spanning two years. During filming, we were able to immerse ourselves in village life in this remote mountain community in a unique and valuable way. With the aid of our wonderful team of Jumla locals, Soraj Shahi and Nisha Budha, we were given the opportunity to capture an intimate portrait of this fascinating social landscape – managing the technical aspects of shooting, without overpowering our surroundings.
The fact that we were shooting in Soraj and Nisha’s own society, gave us a heightened intimacy with our characters and subject matter. Shooting Nisha’s family and friends in her village, gave the interviews a personal edge that we could not have achieved otherwise. It was her interactions, and voice that added a layer of familiarity and authenticity to the film. As shooting progressed it became clear that Nisha was much more than just our guide and assistant, but a key and integral part of our story.
Over the shooting period, as Nisha returned to Jumla to visit her family and village, we were riveted to observe her struggle to reconcile progress and tradition. Her experience of this was the narrative on which the story was built. Nisha’s understanding and interaction with her community evolved to become the focus of the film. Her spirit and personality took us all on a remarkable and personal journey, one that we hope to share through this documentary film.
Directing/Producing Team Bios
Miranda Morton Yap & Sophie Dia Pegrum
Miranda has worked as a producer in the creative arts for over fifteen years, working on a wide range of projects including commercials, short films & stage productions. During her travels, she was inspired by the spirit of the women in a remote mountain community in West Nepal, and settled in Nepal to share their story in her debut documentary film, “Daughters of the Curved Moon”.
Sophie is a British American film director and documentary cinematographer who has produced and shot films in the Antarctic, at the North Pole and in the Himalayas. Sophie was the cinematographer for “Daughters of the Curved Moon” and “Pink Tiffany”. Recently completed films include “Come to the Edge”. She is currently finishing a film on the maverick horsemen of Kyrgyzstan. Miranda and Sophie also collaborated on the award winning “Talking to the Air” shot in Mustang, Nepal in the high Himalaya.
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Tickets for the evening are £12 and all proceeds will go towards projects in Nepal