After the successful commencement of 4 th Nepal Human Rights International Film Festival in Kathmandu between 10-12 June 2016 in support of UNDP and partnership with NHRC, the idea to take the festival to different locations of Nepal was generated by HRFC. HRFC discussed the idea with UNDP and NHRC. Both UNDP and NHRC agreed to support the idea of HRFC to take the festival to different locations of Nepal and spread Human Rights awareness to country people through the film festival. NHRC agreed to support technically and UNDP agreed to support financially and with required knowledge. Thus the festival went to 4 location of Nepal including Ilam, Janakpur, Nepalgunj and Jumla with the name 4th Nepal Human Rights International Extended Film Festival(Extended 4th NHRIFF) A team of HRFC with consultation with UNDP and NHRC selected films to be screened at all the four locations from the list of films screened during 4th NHIRFF. The selected films for 4th Extended NHRIFF include international films in the issues of honor killings, suicide of farmers, slavery, state atrocities during the time of conflict, orphans, indigenous issues, elimination of violence against women etc. The locations of screening were selected keeping in mind the diversity of our country. Ilam, was selected as it is hill district with ethnic Rai, Limbu community as well as Khas and Dalits. Janakpur was selected as prime Madhesh location with tradition of Mithila culture. Nepalgunj has high concentration of Muslim community and as a location in Mid-western Nepal, and was among most affected region during conflict in Nepal. Jumla is Himalayan region and this is one of the most deprived regions of Nepal, the Karnali region and was selected as a venue. 4 films each were screened at Ilam and Nepalgunj and in Janakpur and Jumla 3 each were screened. In total 594 people from different walks of life including government and non-government agencies participated in the festivals in 4 districts. 225 in Janakpur, 90 in Ilam, 126 in Nepalgunj and 74 in Jumla watched the movies and had discussions. Apart from number is of registered participants, several more came to attend the festival but were not formally registered. The participation had significant participant of Women and ethnic community.
Human rights films screening/festivals are one of the tools for awareness and advocacy for ensuring human rights of all. The Nepali politics and society is in transformation phase and hence there are many incidences of human rights violation and abuse in terms of civil and political rights as well as social, cultural and economic rights. During the transformation phase, as the State and its mechanism is relatively weak and there are frequent change of power, there are difficulties in bringing the human rights violators under legal actions. Hence, there is need of widespread awareness and regular advocacy on human rights issues. Nepal Human Rights International Film Festival (NHRIFF) is an annual event organized by Human Rights Film Center (HRFC) in coordination with National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and other partners. The recent 4th NHRIFF was held in Kathmandu on 10-12 June 2016 in partnership with the UNDP in Nepal as well as other partners. 42 films were screened during the three days of festival at the Staff College in Jawalakhel, Lalitpur. However, the NHRIFF has still been confined within the Kathmandu valley only. HRFC is planned to take the NHRIFF outside the Kathmandu valley too from this year onwards. For this HRFC selected some films among the films that were screened at the 4th NHRIFF in Kathmandu and planned to travel to few centers for different province of the country. Therefore, with proposal of “Extended 4th NHRIFF”,HRFC has approached UNDP (which was the partner of main festival at Kathmandu) for financial support. With support of UNDP, HRFC took the festival to four centers of four provinces among the seven provinces of the country.
Movies Screnned In 4th Extended Film Festival
Title of the Film: Tashi & the Monk International Title: Tashi & the Monk
Director: Andrew Hinton & Johnny Burke Duration: 39 minutes Year of Production: 2014 Country of Origin: India Film Category: Documentary
Brief Summary about film: On a remote mountaintop a brave social experiment is taking place. Former Buddhist monk Lobsng was trained under the guidance of his Holiness the Dalai Lama but 8 years ago left a life as a spiritual teacher in the United States to create a unique community in the foothills of the Himalayas which rescues orphaned and neglected children. 5 year-old Tashi is the newest arrival. Her mother recently passed away and she’s been abandoned by her alcoholic father. Wild and troubled, Tashi is struggling to find her place amongst 84 new siblings. Can the community’s love and compassion transform Tashi’s alienation and tantrums into a capacity to make her first real friend?
Title of the Film : Rising from Epicentre
Director: Pradip Pokhrel International Title : Rising from Epicentre Duration : 5 mins Year of Production : 2015 Country of Origin : Nepal
Brief Summary about film : Barpak is the epicenter of the Gorkha earthquake 2015 in Nepal. 73 people died, hundreds of people were injured and over 1400 houses were completely destroyed. During the festival, local people organized traditional games to heal from pain and loss. Such activities help to preserve tradition, culture and provide physical relief to survivors.
Title of the Film: Mirror International Title: Mirror
Director: Bishnu Prasad Gautam Duration: 14 min Year of Production: 2016 Country of Origin: Nepal Film Category: Fiction
Brief Summary about film: Its story about the 2056-2058 BS. It’s about the civil war of Nepal where Civilians are tortured through government or Maoist. Where nepali civilian human right was entrapped.
Title of the Film : DAMMED International Title : DAMMED
Director : Mr Nandan Saxena & Ms Kavita Bahl Duration : 63 minutes Year of Production : 2014 Country of Origin : India Film Category : Documentary
Brief Summary about film: We live in strange times. The farmers that feed us are committing suicide. Sovereign governments are selling natural resources to corporations, for a pittance. Large Dams are submerging prime fertile land, in a scam that will imperil the food security of a billion people.
Title of the Film : kamaaro International Title : Kamaroo….a slave
Director: Arun Deo joshi Duration : 23 mins Year of Production : 2015 Country of Origin : Nepal Film Category : Fiction
Brief Summary about film: Kamaro … a slave is story of a family, who are slaves to a landlord in Sinja valley of Karnali region of Nepal, the most disadvantaged and deprived region of the country. It tells the story of suffering of a ‘Kamaro’ (slave) and his family. It is a story of how the family, along with other slavery, is forced to sexual slavery.
Title of the Film : Candles in the wind International Title : Candles in the wind
Writer: Kavita Bahl & Nandan saxena
Duration: 52 minutes Year of Production: 2014 Country of Origin: India Film Category: Documentary
Brief Summary about film: Today, Punjab- the laboratory of the Green Revolution in India- is in the news for policy-induced non-remunerative agriculture and escalating farm-suicides. The women of rural Punjab have long forgotten to sing the songs of harvest. Their spinning wheels lie idle as they wield the plough.