No hay lugar lejano (No Place is Far Away)

Synopsis:

Julián, un niño rarámuri de ocho años, comienza a divisar desde su comunidad en la Sierra Tarahumara, la construcción de extrañas atracciones turísticas en el horizonte. Para Nazareno y los mayores de la aldea esto con!rma las amenazas de desalojo que desde hace décadas ciernen sobre su pueblo, aquel que se encontrara en el lugar más remoto, donde, aun sin ser tomados en cuenta por las autoridades, los niños crecieron para vivir y los mayores murieron para quedarse.

Filmmaker:

FMichelle Ibaven, born in Chihuahua in 1981, graduated with a degree in Communication Sciences from ITESM where she majored in audiovisual production. She also has diplomas in documentary script, directing, and in directing photography in digital cinema from the Madrid Film Institute, in Spain. NO HAY LUGAR LEJANO is her directorial debut.

Erhard Loretan, breathing the smell of the sky

Synopsis:

On the fifty-second birthday, Erhard Loreton was accidentally killed working as a guide in the Alps. The third man have to climbed all the 8000 metre peaks of the planet, Erhard was among the race of "Lords" who have written the most beautiful pages of alpinism. With hitherto unpublished documents and accounts of eyewitnesses "Binoculars" gives a deeply moving homage to this exceptional man. A man in all his greatness and vulnerability.

About Director:

After 18 years as presenter of "Passe- moi les jumelles"(pass me the binoculars), Benoit Aymon is the incarnation of the programme which has become a land mark of the television in the French-speaking part of Switzerland (Suisse Romande). It is always broadcast, like a breath of fresh air, in prime time and as its co-founder he is now stepping down as its presenter, though he will continue to share responsibility for the program. With his partner Pierre-Antoine Hiroz, Benoit Aymon has notably produced four documentary series which have had profound effects in the Suisse Romande. Especially memorable where those on the training of mountain rescue and the winter and summer High- Roads between Chaimonix and Zermatt These documentary series have gained awards several times abroad, as he did his last portrait in homage to alpinist Erhard Loreton who died too early. Benoit Aymon is also an enthusiastic photographer and he has written four books in connection with his broadcasts and on the Glacier Patrol.

Die Bergretter im Himalaya

Synopsis:

When Gerold Biner, a pilot and Bruno Jelk, a rescue specialist, landed in Kathmandu in the spring of 2010, they had no idea what was in store for them. Their aim was to set up a rescue station in the Himalayas in collaboration with a team from Fishtail, a Nepali helicopter company. It was to be an adventure that pushed the limits of possibility. Nobody before them had dared to conduct rescue missions at altitudes of up to 7,000 meters. In fact, only a small number of helicopters in the, world, are even certified to fly at those high altitudes. The risks are too high as the winds and the altitude make things unpredictable. The helicopter is unable to hover if the air is too thin, and the pilots and rescue team must use oxygen to avoid unconsciousness and potential death. Despite this, the Swiss-Nepalese alliance was undeterred, even when their goal was overshadowed by a tragic crash that called everything into question.

Filmmaker:

Frank Senn, born in 1963, is an award winning documentary film producer who works for the documentary department of Swiss National Television. He specializes in outdoor and climbing films all over the world. He is also head of the Documentary Series department of Swiss national television. Since the completion of his first film “Death on the Dhaulagiri” 1995, he has produced a wide array of work, including “Sherpas- The true heroes of Mount Everest” which featured in film festivals across the world and won several awards (KIMFF,Tegernsee,Val’d’Isère, Aosta); and "Eiger North Face—on the Tracks of the First Climbers" which also received critical acclaim and won several awards including at Banff and Graz. “Helicopter Rescuer in the Himalayas” his latest documentary.

Hari Thapa is a journalist, an independent documentary filmmaker, as well as, an education activist based in Kathmandu. He has worked for several newspapers and magazines and for Nepal Television (NTV) as a producer and reporter. He has produced and directed over two dozen documentary films on wildlife, environment, women and children and other social issues for different organizations. "Sherpas - the True Heroes of Mount Everest”, a film he co-directed with Frank Senn, screened in multiple film festival and won numerous awards (KIMFF,Tegernsee,Val’d’Isère, Aosta). Currently, he is working on producing a documentary film about the Sherpa Sirdar in the Khumbu Icefall and on the last nomadic tribe of Nepal "The Rautes". In 2001, Hari founded CONTEMPORARY VISION, a studio that specialises in investigative reports and documentaries.

Chasing Rainbows(Indreni Khojdai Jada)

Synopsis:

Three siblings, whose lives are embroiled in societal expectations, live together in rooms that they have rented in Kathmandu. The realities of their cramped living quarters and meager earnings have not stopped them from dreaming of the potential held by tomorrow. They dream of a high paying job that will fill the empty corners of their rooms with curtains, carpets, laptop, TV, and maybe even a bike! Their only hope of fulfilling their dreams lies in the clay pot into which they throw whatever little they manage to save. "Indreni Khojdai Jad" is an exploration of the irreconcilable disconnect between the expectation and the reality of living in the modern and contemporary capital city of Nepal.

Filmmaker:

Sahara Sharma is currently pursuing her masters in Bangalore. Prior to that she worked as a journalist for over two years for Republica, an English National Daily published in Kathmandu. She has worked on a number of music videos and short films. Her film ‘By My Troth’ was one of the top five finalists for theTony Blair Faith Shorts, a worldwide short film competition in 2012. She has also directed short films for Yuwa with MTV Staying Alive.

Playing with Nan

Synopsis:

"Playing with Nan" is a story of a young Nepali immigrant working in a Nepali restaurant in northern Japan. Twenty-eight years ago, Ram was born in a rural village in Nepal. Growing up on a farm, Ram saw little hope of escaping poverty through subsistence farming. So in order to change his fortune, he moved to Kathmandu and worked there for 12 years in several restaurants but to no avail.

One day, a chance encounter with a foreign employment agent changed his life. The agent painted a rosy picture of employment opportunities in Japan. Inspired by the bounty of success stories he heard from that agent, Ram didn’t hesitate in paying the agent US$ 20,000 for a work visa to enter Japan. He borrowed the money from his relatives and friends with the promise of paying them back later with a 20 percent interest. However, Ram’s migration to Japan unleashed several dramatic consequences upon him and his family.

Filmmaker:

Dipesh Kharel is an independent documentary filmmaker from Nepal. He received a Master of Philosophy in documentary film studies from the University of Tromso in Norway. A life with Slate, his first feature length documentary film, was screened in more than 50 international film festivals and won several awards, including, Grand Prize at the Moscow International Film Festival, Best Debut Film Prize at Film South Asia and Best Material Cultural Film Prize at the RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film in the UK, 2007. His second film "Playing with Nan" has already been screened in several international film festivals and won the prize for Best Film at RAI 2013, UK. He is currently working on his PhD research in film and social anthropology at the University of Tokyo in Japan.

Asami Saito works as a film editor and visual researcher. She has studied ethnographic film and cross cultural research at University of Tromso in Norway. She has edited several documentary films. "Playing with Nan" is her directorial debut

Kamlahari, l'enfance volee du Nepal (Kamlahari, Nepal's stolen childhood)

Synopsis:

They are called "Kamlahari". In their language that means "hard working woman". For many years these young girls from the Tharu Community in western Nepal were sold as bonded labour by their own families – for an annual price of 20 to 90 US dollars. The main cause: poverty.

In this film we will follow the destiny of three girls, 9, 15 and 22 years old, through which we discover this form of modern slavery. Their childhood was stolen from them. Instead of playing and learning they have been used as cheap servants, forced to work 14 to 20 hours a day, neglected, mentally, and physically abused.

Our three characters share with us their harsh memories, but also their dreams of a better future. As change is on its way: We will see the brave struggle of ex-Kamlahari getting organized with the help of the nepalese authorities and international and local NGO\'s to liberate more and more girls from this reality and change the role of women in Nepal.

Christoph Schwaiger
Filmmaker – Visual designer

In 2010 he cofounded the production company Tapiofilms.
His work can be seen on various channels and medias such as Canal +, Arte, France Télévision, National Geographic and Blue Legacy Foundation.

86 centimetres

Synopsis:

Bhutan is one of the hotspots of environmental conservation on the planet. Seventy percent of its surface is covered with forest and the country hardly contributes to CO2 emissions. Nevertheless, Bhutan is facing the indisputable effects of global warming. Melting ice is weakening the walls of the Himalayan glacial lakes. Out of more than 25 potentially dangerous glacial lakes enclosed within the Bhutanese Himalayan range the Thorhormi glacial lake poses the most perilous and imminent threat. An outburst will have a devastating effect on the lives of thousands of people and animals and will destroy huge swathes of fertile arable lands. An army of around 350 workers are recruited to manually reduce the volume of water in the lake to prevent the lake from bursting.Tashi, a 21 year –old jobless man and expectant father, enrolls on this gruelling three-month expedition with a dual objective: to secure his unborn child's future and in the process, perhaps, help prevent a terrible natural disaster from afflicting his motherland. Working in freezing ice-cold water at 4300 mts above sea level Tashi soon realizes that he will have to call on all his resolve and resilience to see the mission through.

Filmmaker:

Mr. Tshering Gyeltshen from Bhutan is a national award winning Writer, Producer and Director. Mr. Peter Jan van der Burgh is notable Cinematographer.

KIMFF 2013 Jury

  • Roger Brunner
  • Dyuti Baral
  • Stephen Goodwin
  • Roger Brunner

    Roger Brunner

    Roger Brunner, born in 1965, grew up in Domat/Ems in the Swiss Alps. Today he lives in Zurich. Roger studied journalism at the MAZ in Lucerne, and has worked as a journalist and filmmaker more than twenty years. He started his career as reporter and editor working for several Swiss newspapers. However, since 1999 he has also been making documentaries and documentary-series for Swiss TV and the free film marked. Roger is passionate about travelling and enjoys being in nature, especially in the mountains.

  • Dyuti Baral

    Dyuti Baral

    Dyuti Baral is a Nepalese sociologist and development consultant with an avid interest in film. A Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow, she has a MSc. in Rural Sociology from the University of Madison, Wisconsin and a Masters in Sociology (with Anthropology) from India’s Jawaharlal Nehru University. She has envisaged and managed gender empowerment programmes in Nepal and abroad and taught Sociology at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan University. Her academic papers include Women in Hindu Religion, Gender Dynamics and Debunking Labour Stereotypes, and Women in Conflict. She is a member of the Kathmandu-based Social Science Baha and a mentor for the Social Inclusion Research Foundation.

  • Stephen Goodwin

    Stephen Goodwin

    Stephen Goodwin is a freelance journalist who is currently based in England. He worked as a staff journalist for 13 years for The Independent, mainly covering politics from London, before he started freelancing in 1999. Prior to that, he was on the political staff of The Times.

    Although, Stephen still writes for The Independent and for several other magazines, his writings now focus on travel, mountaineering, and the environment with just a dash of politics here and there. A climber and ski-mountaineer, in 1998 he reached the south summit of Everest, the achievement that foddered the award-winning diary he filed to The Independent. Since then, he has returned to the Himalayas almost every year. He also spends time climbing, trekking and ski-touring in the Alps, Andes and Turkey.

    For the last 10 years, he has been an honorary editor of the prestigious Alpine Journal, the oldest mountaineering journal in the world. The “AJ” is a 500-page journal, published annually by the Alpine Club of the UK. He recently published a well-received walking guide to the English Lake District and is currently working on a scrambling and climbing guide to the same area.

 

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