Saturday, March 12, 2011

2nd Toronto Nepali Film Festival, March 12

This weekend marks the second annual Toronto Nepali Film Festival. All day today, you'll have an opportunity to view films about Nepal and its people, history and heritage.

The festival is organized in partnership with the Nepali Student group, Sanjha Pankha and volunteers. The Nepali Student group is comprised of Nepali students enrolled at local universities such as the University of Toronto, York University and the University of Waterloo. Sanjha Pankha is a Toronto-based collective that promotes Nepali arts, literature and activism.

In addition to screenings, the schedule includes activities such as panel discussions that deal with contemporary issues in Nepal, South Asian identity in North America; musical and cultural events featuring local artists; educational programs targeted to the Nepali diaspora through art, literature and other mediums; invited filmmakers speaking as part of a dialogue with the International film scene.

The event takes place at Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue, one block south of Bloor Street West & St. George Street.

2011 Toronto Nepali Film Festival program

Sherpas The True Heros of Mount Everest Sherpas: The True Heroes of Mount Everest
Sherpas: The True Heroes of Mount Everest focuses on the hired Sherpas of a Swiss Everest Expedition Team.
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The Struggle Within The Struggle Within
The Struggle Within is a documentary that follows gay, lesbian, bi and transgender youths in Kathmandu as they prepare for Mr. Pink, an upcoming pageant.
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The Last Race The Last Race
Set in the beautiful valley of Manang that borders Tibet, The Last Race explores the friendship between two boys, Karma and Lakpa.
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The Last Race In Three Years
In Three Years is an innovative documentary film that centres on the correspondence between Bikash and his father. Bikash is fourteen years old and lives with his two younger siblings, mother, grandmother and relatives in the suburbs of Kathmandu.
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Vhando Vhando
Vhando is a fiction short that deals with the psychological representation of the poor Bhime, who in his course of work feels his identity to be nothing except the non-living pot.
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The Rat Hunters The Rat Hunters
The Rat Hunters is a documentary film that reflects the lifestyle of rat hunting community from South Asia called Mushahar.
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In Search of Riyal In Search of the Riyal
In Search of Riyal is the first documentary of Kesang Tseten’s trilogy on Nepali migrant workers in the Arabian Gulf.
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Pooja Pooja
Pooja is a fiction film that takes place in a village nearby the city of Dharan in eastern Nepal. The film centres around two teenagers, Pooja who comes from a Thakuri clan and a boy who comes from a Rai clan.
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Forgive Forget Not Forgive! Forget Not!
Forgive! Forget Not! is considered to be one of the landmarks in Nepali documentary filmmaking for successfully experimenting with the syntax and content of film form.
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Screening Schedule

Session A

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
12:40 PM - 1:35 PM
1:35 PM - 2:05 PM
  • Q&A w/ Pradeep Kumar Sharma
2:15 PM - 3:40 PM
3:40 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Q&A w/ Kesang Tseten

Session B

4:45 PM - 5:45 PM
5:55 PM - 6:50 PM
7:00 PM - 8:35 PM
8:35 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Q & A w/ Hari Thapa
9:30 PM - 10:15 PM
  • Entertainment

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