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Nepali Short Film Program

Co-sponsored by:Nepal Seattle Society and Bo M Karlsson Foundation (BMKF)

Awaken Eyes
Binod Paudel, 2008, Nepal, Nepali, DVD, 30min

Awaken Eyes is a story about a poor newly wed couple who have a hard time consummating their marriage as they share a room with the sick mother.  Unable to resist the temptation they finally make love, remaining aloof to their mother’s presence.

About the Director – Binod Paudel
Binod Paudel has a Bachelor degree in Film Acting from College of Film Studies, Kathmandu and received training in video editing as well as theatre acting.  He was the Associate Director of the film God Lives in the Himalayas.  His works as an actor include films like Hey Yuba (Nepal), Sick City (UK), Kaaran (Nepal), Target (Nepal).  He has also acted in plays like Virtual Reality, Chokhauni, Marriage in Motion, Naam Nabhayeko Manis, Bhimsen ko Mudda which were performed in Various festivals in Nepal and India.

Cast: Bishnu Pandey, Pushpa K.C., Meera Bhandari, Director: Binod Paudel, Cinematography: Susan Prajapati, Sound: Uttam Neupane, Editor: Sabin Thapa, Technical Advisors: Roger Cohen, Andrew Young and Tom Marshall, Produced by: Pralhad Thapa, Executive Producer: Ram Krishna Pokharel


Print Source
ICEFALL Productions
Singa Tatopani.-4, Myagdi, Nepal
Tel: 98510 73904
E-mail: info@icefallproductions.com


Where is the Story?
Manoj Babu Panta, 2008, Nepal, Nepali, DVD, 30min

Where is the Story? is an experimental film where student filmmakers go out in search of a story for a film. As they roam around, they find an interesting character in a dumping site, who tells them that he has a story to tell.  Following the character, they figure out that he has been a victim of several wars through his life. The footages captured by the filmmakers in search of a story are presented as a film as if it is edited on camera.

Cast: Capt. Sher Bahadur Gurung, Director: Manoj Babu Panta, Cinematography: Bhim Thapa (Prakash), Editor: Ghanashyam Lamichhane Technical Advisor: Roger Cohen, Andrew Young and Tom Marshall, Produced by: Bishwo Tandukar, Executive Producer: Ram Krishna Pokharel

About the Director – Manoj Babu Panta
Manoj Babu Panta has a Bachelor degree in Film Direction and script-writing from College of Film Studies, Kathmandu.  He has written and directed several plays which includes Manche Pratiyogita (Human Contest), Salaam Bihani (Salute Morning), Puranko Harayeko Panna (The Lost Page from Puran), Prayogsalama Maanche (A man In a labrotary), Rangamanch bhittrako jeevan (The life inside the theatre), Jaha Sapanaharu Ropinchhan (Where Dreams are Planted), etc. He has also directed a celluloid short film “kaaran”.

Print Source
ICEFALL Productions
Singa Tatopani.-4, Myagdi, Nepal
Tel: 98510 73904
E-mail: info@icefallproductions.com

Chaukaith (Threshold)

Deepak Rauniyar, 2008, Nepal, Nepali & Maithili, DV, 31min

Chaukaith is about an encounter between two young women. A Madhesi housewife, Sarswati Gupta, has forgotten her real name and doesn’t count herself as a family member.

And a workingwoman, Trishna Thapa, is a divorced single mother.

As a census officer Trishna goes to the Tarai (low land). Sarswati’s household is the last one she needs to document at the end of the long day. This is where the film begins.

All Acting is improvised with no scripted dialogue.

Chaukaith portraits contemporary features of Nepalese Society and it also raises questions about barriers among different people and societies but in a more intimae and domestic context in which a woman searches for her identity a life outside her threshold.

Cast: Ranju Jha, Asha Magarati, Ghanshyam Mishra, Ratnakar Jha, Yogmaya Chaudhari, Sonu Mandal
Director & Editor: Deepak Rauniyar
Executive Producer: Asha Magarati
Cinematography: Jyoti Kesar Shimha
Written by: Asha Magarati and Deepak Rauniyar
Sound: Sirish Bikram Thapa & Khagendra Lamichhane
Music: Kutumba
Subtitles: Ishwar Rauniyar,  Bhavna Adhikari
Graphics: Pema T. Lama

About the Director – Deepak Rauniyar
Deepak Rauniyar, 31, is a senior writer/producer at BBC World Services Trust Nepal. In 1997 Deepak started his career as a print journalist , working from Biratnagar. In 2001, Deepak came to Kathmandu and started work with Himal Media.

Four years ago he started his film career as Chief assistant director/ Second Editor of Karma, Feature film by Tsering Rithar Sherpa.. After that he has edited 9 documentaries and early episodes of TV series Dalan (Dir. Nabin Subba). From last two years he has been engaged in writing and directing Katha Mitho Sarangiko (Sweet Tales of the Sarangi, produced by BBC World Service Trust Nepal).

Chaukaith is Deepak’s debut as a fiction director.

Print Source
Deepak Rauniyar
Tel: 9841335577
E-mail: Deepakrauniyar@gmail.com

Tea Time in Sirutar
Leonard Davis, 2009, USA/Nepal, DV, 5min

Tea Time in Sirutar is a story about a group of men and their morning daily tea ritual, shot on the outskirts of Kathmandu. 2009

About the Director: Len Davis
Len is a Seattle based filmmaker working locally and internationally.  His work blends his own personal shorts from the global village with work for green businesses and nonprofits, blending social justice and commerce to help share meaningful stories with the world, using online video as the tool.  Len's work engages a global audience in celebration and outrage at the current state of the planet.  He's shot documentaries on everything from the international electronic waste trade in Nigeria to independent tofu production in China.  His stock images have been used in numerous environmental and social documentaries, and his work has appeared on PBS, BBC, ABC, ZDF and MTV as well as in the NYT, Wall Street Journal and at festivals around the world. His  business is at www.PangealityProductions.com and his youtube channel is www.youtube.com/LenDavis