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Kumari: A Father's Dream

USA

2022

33 min

Deep in rural Nepal, a group of friends from so-called low-caste families start a trekking guide social enterprise to transform their community of Kumari. Led by Jagat Lama, the guides channel their profits and energy into developing a self-sustaining community centre with many of the region’s firsts: basic electricity, a women’s skill center, a local school, a working community farm, and a medical hospital. Jagat had promised his dying father to bring medical care to the village. At the opening celebration, Jagat’s mother is the first of many patients at the Sukman Memorial Polyclinic, named after his father.

Less than two years later, a massive earthquake hits Nepal, leveling the hospital, school, and skill center. Because Kumari is so remote, Jagat and his friends respond with aid, food, and shelter. Jagat digs deep and finds the strength to help lead Kumari’s recovery. The village is rebuilt stronger than before, and the guides turn their vision to the next generation of leaders to carry oncontinue their vision of self-sustained growth and empowerment.

Original Language

English/ Nepali

Direction

Sean O'Connor

Camera

Sean O'Connor

Editing

Darren Lund, Jason Reid

Sound

Noah Woodburn

Script

N/A

Producer

Andy McDonough/ Jason Reid/ Sean O'Connor

About the filmmaker.

Sean is an award-winning visual storyteller, passionate media educator, and internationally published photographer. Since 2002, he has focused on socially responsible stories and visual storytelling education. His credits include contributions to national broadcast television including a regional Emmy Award winner and international film festivals as well as photography publications in the Smithsonian Magazine, Outside Magazine, High Country News, among others. Sean collaborates with dynamic nonprofits and leading industry brands to cultivate global relationships with social and environmental impact. He works with youth and adult learners and has taught over 1,000 students. He lives in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon with his wife and two children. In his spare time, Sean pursues wilderness experiences, silent moments, and positive interactions with new faces.

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