Are There Still Any Shepherds?
An isolated and forgotten valley in the Portugese mountains hides the last shepherds of Serra da Estrela mountain range. There is no electricity, no water public utilities, and no asphalted roads here. Nowadays, the eldest are dying and the yongests show no interest in demanding job of being a shepherd. Herminio, 27 years old, is the youngest shepherd living in this valley. For how long will he maintain this occupation? After all, do the shepherds still exist?
Jorge Pelicano, 30 years old was born in Figueira da Foz, Portugal in 1977. With a background in communication and public relations, he is currently doing a Master’s in journalism at the University do Coimbra, Portugal. He also works as a cameraman for SLC Television, a private Portuguese news channel.
Becoming A Woman In Zanskar
This film recounts the true story of a friendship shattered by destiny. In the Himalayan kingdom of Zanskar, best friends Tenzin and Palkit are forced to part and leave their families forever. Tenzin learns that she is to be married to a man she has never met; while Palkit defies her father’s similar plans and becomes a nun, embarking on a perilous journey by foot on a frozen river to reach the monastery. Thus begins their passage to womanhood.
Jean-Michel Corillion worked as a director of photography on film and TV productions for 10 years. He turned to directing in 1995. He has been travelling the worked, sharing his passion for humanity and his concern about cultures threatened by globalization. As an author and a director, he ahs brought eight 52’ and twelve 26’ documentaries to success.
Dolkar, a young Buddhist woman from Ladakh in the Himalaya wants to play ice hockey. Going against the edicts of patriarchy, she and her friends manage to make an ice rink, get equipment and a coach. They even succeed in getting the support of neighboring Muslim girls. But the biggest problem is persuading some men in charge of the regional sport, who steadfastly refuse to be moved by their efforts.
Born in 1958, Hékan Berthas studied at the New York lnternational Centre of Photography and Dramatic Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. He has been working as 3 Photographer for the past twenty years and has made many documentary films. His film Nabila was awarded in Amsterdam, Berlin, Strasbourg and Stockholm
Dang, a territory in farwestern Nepal originally inhabited by Tharus, has been a lucrative destination for northern pahadis for many decades. Hill people migrating to Dang have managed, on the back of pervasive ignorance and political inexperience, to appropriate land from the Tharus, saddle them with loans, and even reduce them to the status of kamaiya, bonded labourers. Fed up with the situation, the Tharu community found some hope in Buhran, both a name and a process. As a name, Buhran denotes Naya Muluk, the annexed districts of Banke, Bardiya, Kailali and Kanchanpur. As a process, it means the migration of Tharus from Dang to Naya Muluk.
Both Ajit Lamichhane and Shree Ram Dahal come from theatre backgrounds, having acted, written and directed many plays. Lamichhane maintains a side interest in journalism, and is researching on Tharu and Raute communities. This is their debut film.
Forgive! Forget Not!
This experimental documentary is the narrated story of a journalist who was detained inside Kathmandu’s infamous Bhairabnath Barracks for 15 months. It provides a mirror to the Terrible times just past in Nepal, during the ‘people’s war’ and the state’s reaction to the Maoist insurgency.
Pranay Limbu is a Kathmandu based filmmaker. His first production was Itihaas Jitneharuka lagi (History for winners)
During school vacation, urban girl Kripa is brought back to her birth village by her aunt to live with her deaf father. Friendless and lonely, she meets a Lahure (a British/ Indian), who teaches her to adjust to the village life. She finds friendships in Neha and Thagu and earns to feel for her father, Ode, as well. It’s not long before Kripa finds herself caring about a whole lot of social issues.
Maotse Gurung has acted in many theatre and film productions. He won the Best Actor award in 1999 at the theatre festival for malami. He was also the director of Achammai bho.
Kimff 2007 Jury
Per Fly was born in 1960 in Denmark and graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 1993. His award—winning societal trilogy is his most important work. The first two films in Fly‘s societal trilogy were popular with audiences and critics alike. The Bench/Baenken (2000), received a European Film Academy nomination and was a triple winner at Lubeck, while lnheritance/ Arven (2003) received awards in San Sebastian, Rouen and Mexico City. Manslaughter/Drabet (2005), which completes the triiogy, received Nordic Council’s Film Award 2005. The first film of his trilogy, The Bench, is being screened as part of KIMFF 2007.
SANJAY BARNELA is one of the Founder members of Moving images, a Delhi—based production group comprised of filmmakers and academic researchers. Over the last fifteen years, he has produced a number of full-length documentaries on a diverse range of issues including, politics of water, wildlife conservation, environmental degradation, renewable energy technologies and high altitude mountain climbs in the Himalayas. A few of his notable films are Hunting Down Water that won the award for A ‘Best Documentary’ at the Festival du film de Strasbourg 2004 and was awarded ‘Best Direction’ at the Festival du Cinema de Paris. Turf Wars dealing with conservation issues in the Great Himalayan National Park won the 3rd prize at JEEVIKA 2003, New Delhi. River Taming Mantras won the ‘Best Documentary’ award at VATAVARAN 2005 and another film Village of Dust, City of Water was declared the ‘Best Environment feature’ (Antelope, award) at Wildlife Asia Film Festival, 2007 held in Singapore.
APRAKASH SAYAMI studied filmmaking in Mumbai. From 1999, he worked as an assistant director and scriptwriter on many commercial Nepali films. He made his directorial debut in 1993. Sayamihas directed Prithvi (1994), Simana (1995), Avatar (1999), Jamin (1997), RaniKhola (1997), Hatiyar (1999). A prolific writer, Sayarnl writes in English, Hindi, Newari and Nepali. He has written extensively on the craft of filmmaking and has published poems) songs, essays, plays, and biographies. Well-known film g. critic and media personality Sayami has managed an FM station in Pokhara, and has conceptualized and presented popular f programs on Nepali Television.<./p>