Kimff 2010 Winner
The Broken Moon
Beyond the mountains of the Western Himalaya, Sonam, an old nomad, lives with his tribe in one of the most adverse and isolated regions of the planet. But climate change is drying up the rivers and transforming valleys into deserts. Unable to live their traditional life and witnessing the collapse of his own people, Sonam starts a desperate quest to find answers and change their future.
Marcos Negrao is director, scriptwriter, cinematographer and producer based in Brazil. He founded Enigma Filmes, a production company specializing in documentary films and TV series. His goal was creating a film language that approximates the audience to social and environmentally responsible issues, to the concern with the planet, its people and cultures. Marcos has been involved in many institutional movies, TV series, musical DVDs and films. His works include TV special “Burma, the Sleeping Dragon” and the documentary short-film “Vultures Have Wings”, winner of five international awards.
Andre Rangel has worked as film editor for nine years in many Brazilian feature films and also in a few documentary films. He co-directed several institutional films for partners like Pró-Natura Institute, Vale do Rio- Dolce Foundation, and LC Barreto. In 2005, André joined Marcos Negrão in Enigma Filmes. Together they conceived the company’s mission and co- directed the documentary films “Vultures Have Wings” and “The Broken Moon”.
A Little Bit Mongolian
Over the ranges of Northern Mongolia a 12-year-old Australian boy is racing on horseback with the local children. His name is Angus. He had come to Mongolia on a family vacation the year before and watched with envy as the local children raced each other over vast distances on horseback. He vowed to one day join them and returned to Australia to train for a year, riding fifteen miles home from school each day. He has returned to Mongolia to find a trainer willing to take him on and dare to be the first foreign boy ever to compete in the big Naadam Festival horse races. A heartwarming story of a dream that came true.
Michael Dillon started making Adventure Documentaries in 1972 when he filmed A Himalayan Journey" about one of the first commercial treks in the Annapurna region. This film was screened on BBC Television. He went on to become Sir Edmund Hillary's filmmaker producing 6 documentaries with him including 3 in Nepal. Other adventure documentaries include Everest Sea to Summit where the expedition begins from the Bay of Bengal and eventually summit Everest. The film won eight Grand Prizes at mountain and adventure film festivals worldwide. He is a Director of the Australian Himalayan Foundation along with Sir Edmund's son Peter.
Shining Spirit: The Musical Journey of Jamyang Yeshi
Shining Spirit, filmed in Canada, India and Tibet (2006-2009) documents a recording project that brings together the family of Jamyang Yeshi, through music and the use of multi-tracking recording technology. With the help of western friends, Jamyang, in exile in Canada, and his brother, Tsundue, in exile in the United States, join voices with the family they left behind in Tibet. For the first time in over a decade, they sing together again.
As a photographer and therapist, Banff-based Karen McDiarmid has lived an eclectic life of travel and work around the globe. She has lived in Hawaii, India, Jordan and England, worked as a photographer on expeditions in the Middle East, taught skiing and kayaking, trekked solo in Patagonia, worked with Tibetan refugees in Dharmasala, India, and set up educational programs for nomadic children in Tibet. Karen works as a Mental Health Therapist and is the director of the Tara Café Project, which funds kids’ education projects in Tibet and produces Tibetan music CDs.
Birami Sahar (Sick City)
Sick City is a high-octane adrenaline charged descent into the dark side of Kathmandu, Nepal. Shot entirely on location with a cast of mostly non-actors, SickCity is a realistic and gritty depiction of life on the edge through the eyes of a young hustler called Krishna. The story follows Krishna as he wavers between his ties as a father/husband and his work as a drug peddler. Krishna depends entirely on his instincts for survival, making him quick to act yet slow to think. It’s this flaw that leads to his downfall.
Since passing out from the Westminster school of Film and Television, Murray Kerr has written, directed, shot and edited short films, music videos, commercials and documentaries. Sick City is his first feature film. He is currently based in Kathmandu, Nepal where he is planning his next feature film.
The film follows Dolma, sentenced to death for allegedly killing a Filipino co-domestic worker in Kuwait, and the multiple responses this evokes – of a women’s advocacy group, society and officialdom, and, finally, the upheaval and fractures of the family. The film presents a rare glimpse of the life of women migrant workers in a Gulf State, sensitive to outside scrutiny of their treatment of foreign workers. The film also shows the fundamentally vulnerable condition of the ill-prepared, though courageous and resilient, women from a poor country making what could be the most hazardous journey of their lives.
Kesang Tseten is an acclaimed director with several award winning films to his credit such as Hami Kunako Manchhe ('We Corner People') which won Best Nepali Documentary at the Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival ('06), the Slovenia TV Award and the Special Jury Award at the ’07 Slovenia International Mountain Film Festival; and was selected for the New Asian Currents of the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival ’07. On the Road with the Red God: Machhendranath won the Grand Prize at the Kendal Mountain Film Festival ('06), Mention at the Bilan du Ethnographique, and was voted Best Documentary of the Decade by the Nepal Motion Pictures Association ('05). We Homes Chaps was featured at the Film SouthAsia and the Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival. Frames of War, which Tseten co-directed and produced, about victims of Nepal’s 11-year conflict won the Best Film of the Nepal Panorama at Kimff 2008. In 2010, Tseten completed his migrant worker project about Nepali workers to the Gulf, In Search of the Riyal, which was a PUSAN recipient of the Asian Cinema Fund and screened at various film festivals. The Desert Eats Us, and Saving Dolma, which was a Jan Vrijman Fund selection will premiere at the International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam (IDFA). Tseten also wrote and co-directed Listen to the Wind, a fictional short for teenagers. His original screenplay Mukundo (Mask of Desire), co-produced by NHK/Japan was Nepal’s entry to the Academy Awards (2001), was given the Best Script Award by the Nepal Motion Pictures Association.
Kimff 2010 Jury
David was born in 1949 in Wales, UK but has lived in Norway for the last 39 years where he is a special consultant to the Norwegian Army (winter training) and Test Team leader for Bergans Fritid of Norway (an outdoor equipment brand). He has a background of living and working in the mountains, and has climbed worldwide but more extensively in the European Alps, Norway and Nepal. Based on his experiences and research David has contributed to several mountaineering magazines including the prestigious Mountain Magazine with articles on the technical developments within the manufacture of climbing equipment. David will not only be a member of our judging panel but he will also be in Kathmandu as a representative of the Norwegian Mountain Film Festival where Bergans Fritid is the main sponsor.
Li Wenming is the project director of Screen Production center in Yunnan International Cultural Exchange Center. He is also a member of National Film Critics, Yunnan Film Experts Association, Kunming Writers' Association as well as Literature and Art Critics Association. Wenming graduated from Yunnan University in 1991. His novel Vine Tree Withered Old was launched in March 2010. He was involved in founding Beijing International Media. He has worked as producer and scriptwriter for The Old Tree broadcast in China Central Television. He has also made two plays for children: The Pigmy Charge of the Drinks and History and culture and virtues of the festive Lantern Opera. He was involved as documentary filmmaker in 30 episodes-TV series Beauties of Mekong River.
For 21 years Terry Gifford was Director of the annual International Festival of Mountaineering Literature in the UK and now chairs the Mountain Heritage Trust on behalf of the British Mountaineering Council (BMC). His collected climbing essays were published in 2004 as The Joy of Climbing (Whittles). He also has a sixth collection of poetry The Unreliable Mushrooms: New and Selected Poems (Redbeck, 2003). His pioneering books on eco-criticism include Ted Hughes (Routledge 2009), Reconnecting With John Muir: Essays in Post-Pastoral Practice (University of Georgia Press, 2006), Pastoral (Routledge, 1999), Green Voices: Understanding Contemporary Nature Poetry (Manchester University Press, 1995; 2nd edition C.C.C. Press, 2010). With Fiona Becket he edited Culture, Creativity and Environment: New Environmentalist Criticism, (Rodopi, 2007). He is Visiting Professor at the University of Chichester, UK and Profesor Honorario at the University of Alicante, Spain. He acted as porter for the making of his wife Gill Round’s walking guide to their part of Spain, Costa Blanca (Rother, 2007).