I WANT MY FATHER BACK
I want my father back looks at the spate of farmer suicides in Vidarbha, Maharasthra, India where cotton is the main cash crop. The film looks at the reasons behind these suicides, beginning with the fallout of the green revolution and the impact it has on the soil and input costs for the farmers. Faced with falling global cotton prices and the changed in the traditional methods of farming, the debt-ridden farmers are left with few other alternatives.
Kerala- born Suma Josson began her career as a journalist and late switched over to the visual medium. She has made two feature films and many documentary films on a wide range of issues, which have been screened in various festivals around the world. A poet and fiction writer as well Josson has aleady published two poetry collections and one fiction. Her most recent documentaries are If you give Niyamgiri, Niyamgiri will eat us up (2007) and Dead Gods Haunt a Land once called Niyamgiri (2008) about a possible eco-disaster in the Niyamgiri Hills in India.
THE DAY AFTER PEACE
The Day After Peace charts the remarkable 10-year-long world journey taken by award—winning filmmaker Jeremy Gilley to establish a Day of Peace on September 21. During the course of his mission, the camera follows Gilley as he galvanizes the countries of the world to recognize this as an official day of ceasefire and non-violence. After the official motion is unanimously adopted in the UN, Gilley turns his efforts to implementing the ideals of Peace Day around the world. Celebrity support from the likes of Angelina Jolie and Jonny Lee Miller and corporate support from Puma, Coca—Co|a, Ben & Jerry's and Ecover enhance the momentum. Jeremy's persistence is rewarded when UNICEF and the World Health Organisation and local affected communities decide to try and use the day to carry out a mass vaccination against polio, in one of the toughest conflict areas in the world, Afghanistan.
Jeremy Gilley is an actor turned filmmaker, who in the late 1990s became preoccupied with questions about the fundamental nature of humanity and the issue of peace. He decided to explore these through the medium of film and created the highly successful documentary Peace One Day, winner of the Adelaide Film Festival as well as the recipient of the Best Documentary award and nominated for Best British Documentary award and an Outstanding Directorial Achievement award by the Directors Guild of Great Britain.
Threshold recounts an encounter between a young traditional Madhesi women Saraswati Gupta, who is a bright 10th standard student with a dream to make a name for herself but forced into marriage, and Trisna Thapa, a young divorcee studying Population Studies at the Tribhuvan University. Saraswati has three children while Trisna has a four—year-old son. With her marriage, Saraswati now known as Barmajhiyawali, from the tradition of naming a woman on the basis of her native village, finds herself confined to the house, like many other Madhesi women and becomes an almost invisible member of the household but in her own way, happy, living with three children, a vendor husband and his parents. Trisna on the other hand is an empowered single, working woman with a job teaching in a school. A part-time job as a census official takes her to the Tarai where she meets Saraswati.
Deepak Rauniyar is a senior writer/producer at BBC World Service Trust Nepal. In 1997, he started his career as a print journalist, working from Biratnagar. In 2001, Deepak came to Kathmandu and started work with Himal Media writing about films and producing a television talk show. He began his film career three years ago as Chief Assistant Director and Second Editor in Karma, a feature ﬁlm by Tsering Rithar Sherpa. Since then he has edited “lite documentary films, as well as early episodes of the TV series Dalan. He has been engaged in writing and directing Katha Mltho Sarangiko (Sweet Tales of the Sarangi) a radio drama series produced by BBC World Service Trust Nepal. Threshold is Deepak's debut as a fiction director.
YUDHA CHITRA (FRAMES OF WAR)
Yudha Chitra (Frames of War) is a stark reminder that peace has not yet come for those directly affected by Nepal’s violent conflict. The film brings the voices of those whose relatives were killed or disappeared or who were disabled during the conflict, and who deserve truth and justice, excavating individual stories while accompanying a travelling exhibition of “A people War” that traversed the country in 2007/08 for more than thee months and was viewed by more than 300,000 people. The film also reminds us that what happened is a merely a precondition for real healing to take place.
Prem BK has worked with computer graphics, 3-d animation, video editing, and directing documentaries such as The Hidden Society, Uday- Renaisance, Michangma, The Orphans’ Homes and Bhakhen as well as edited documentaries like Machhendranath, Hami Kunako Manche.
Kesang Tseten’s work include feature scripts of nepal’s Oscar entry Mukundo and Karma, and award winning documentaries On the Road with the Red God: Machhendranath and hami Kunako Manche, and We Homes Chaps.
CHERUB OF THE MIST
Deep in the misty, inaccessible mountain forests below the Himalaya lives a rare and elusive animal, hardly seen or studied in the wild- the ‘fire cat’- or red panda. The film unravels the story of this rare and musterious animal. Made over two years, the film follows two zoo bred red pandas, mini and sweety, as they become the first ever released in the wilds of the singalia national park. It reveals for the firt time the courtship, mating, nest building and rearing of newborn cubs of this highly secretive bamboo eating carnivore, a taxonomic enig, filed in the treetop homes of their forbidding mountain habitat in the eastern Himalaya, where the red panda fights a lonely battle of survival.
Naresh and Rajesh, the Bedi Brothers, have worked together as filmmakers and photographers for over 30 years travelling to the remote corners of India to produce pictorial books and films on the cultural and natural heritage of the country. Their firm Bedi Films has produced some world class documentaries on endangered species which have been shown at prime time by major TV networks of the world, earning them numeroud international awards and acclaim, including Emmy Awards, for their film on child prostitutions.
Kimff 2014 Jury
Yadav Kharel is a well-known name in trie iNepali film industry. He has an MA in Economics from the Tribhuvar University and a Diploma in Film Production/Direction from the London film school, UK. Hehas written, produced and directed many Nepali feature films most notably Chelibeti, Lovipapi and prempinda which was Nepal's official entry at te Oscars in1994. Kharel has also written several collections of poetry like Aani Euta Lahar Biujhancha, Yadav Kharel ka Mukutharu, KhalbaL Two songs he penned Vasto Pani Hundo Raicha and Yastai Rahecha Yanhako Chalan were hits. In addition Kharel has been involved in the development of the Nepal, film industry as Founding Chairman of the Film Development Board and the Film Producers Association and as member of the Nepal Academy.
Ugyen Chopel originally trained for a career in the hotel and hospitality industry before doing his BA in English Literature from Mithi Bhai College, University of Bombay. He has a wide variety of experience from managing businesses to working for the preservation of the art and culture of his native land, Sikkim. He, however, is best known for his works in the arts industry in India and Nepal having worked with the likes of Mukul Anand for the film Aitbar and with Bapu for Diljala. He has produced documentaries like Pilgrimage to Gods Land, Glimpses of Sikkim, Power for changing times, Sikkim, Adventure unlimited, Enchanting voice of Sikkim, VCShab, and Naya Bihanee. His Nepali feature film Trishna won him the Best Film and Best Screen Play in the Nepali Film Awards in 1992 while his TV serial Ajnabi won the TV and Video World Award in 1994. He was awarded the Sikkim Saman Samelan Award in 2005.
Belgium born Brigitte Muir found her love for adventure when she went caving. She has an honors degree in archaeology, art history and musicology but is internationally WOW“ through not mountaineering. Guided by her motto “We must live our dreams, not dream our lives” she made up her mind to not only climb the highest peak of the world but all the seven highest peaks in all of the seven continents. It took her nine years to live her dream making her the first Australian woman to scale Mt. Everest and the Seven Summits. She is also the first Australian woman to walk to the South Pole, a feat she accomplished in 2001. in 1998 she published her inspirational autobiography “The Wind in My Hair" while in 2004 National Geographic published “Climbing Mount Everest” based on her experiences. Her documentary Wimmera G’days has been screened through various television channels in Australia. Muir received the Australian Geographic Award in 1997, Australian Achiever Award in 1998, and the Order of Australia medal in 2000 for her services to mountaineering.