Why Poverty?

Supported by STEPS


Himal Association, Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (KIMFF) and Steps International present a short film competition with a focus on the greatest challenge of our time Why Poverty?! Why Poverty? asks why, in the 21 st century, a billion people still live in poverty. As the world community engages in a global debate on poverty, the objective of the competition/films is to aid this discourse in Nepal.

Lives of Jumla

Director: Manju Bhatta
Duration: 5 min


"Lives of Jumla"portrays the hardship faced by women and their struggle to effect change.

Anautho Sapana

Director: Ankit K.C
Duration: 5 min


A girl dreams about studying and becoming a renowned person in society. Due to poverty she is bound only to dream. She, however,manages to fulfill her sister's dream.


Ankit KC studied Diploma in Animation and VFX from Maya Animation Academy. He is studying Computer Engineering and is passionate about creating short movies that reflect the contemporary situation of country.

Why Poverty?

Director: Shiva Sharan Koirala
Duration: 4 min


Film tries to explore the cause of poverty namely our addiction to foreign goods, misdirected youth and our very own government to many extent.


Kathmandu based independent filmmaker. Third film as director. His previous films are "Jeopardy" & "My Story".

Kuieko Aaloo

Director: Anup Sapkota
Duration: 5 min


"Kuieko Aaloo" is a fictional film that revolves around a guy and his love for potatoes. It reflects the wanton wastefulness of people and highlights the reality that there are people who don't have enough food.


22 years old, AnupSapkota has been in the Nepalese film industry for 5 years now. He has worked as an actor in the initial phases but he is more known for his writing talents nowadays. Individually he has made many experimental shorts, worked as concept consultant for commercials, music videos and promotional videos for events.

Living Rich

Director: Sabin Maharjan
Duration: 3 min


It is an experimental movie. It tries to show that if we live selfish, nothing we gain while leaving this world. But, if we also live for other's benefit, we will live rich, and die rich.


Sabin Maharjan, has been involved in several movies like "Hari", "Good Student", "Result", "The Memory Book" and "The Third Eye". Maharjan is an assistant director in upcoming feature film "Footpath".

Manchhe Ko Bibek Le

Director: Chandra Man Dongol
Duration: 5 min


The film focuses on the lives of children who have been displaced by various social causes.


Chandra Man Dongol is a young cinematographer and filmmaker based in Nepal


Director: Paras Mani / Jeevan Prabhat
Duration: 5 min


An eleven-year-oldschool boy's father dies in war leaving the former to be the bread-winner of the family. The father's death is traumatizes the mother who becomes chronically ill. The boy has to work on a garbage site while other children go to school.


Paras Mani is a freelancer based on media and cultural tourism. He has directed and edited music videos, short films and television programs. He is the founder treasurer of Pahal Nepal, an organization focused in education and social development.

Jeevan Prabhat is one of the initiators of merocreation.com, a webzine for young creatives and the founder president of Pahal Nepal. His areas of interests are filmmaking, creative writing and translation.


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