Nepal International Human Rights Film Festival 2011
Note: The festival should not to be confused with the Nepal Human Rights International Film Festival, which is organised by the Human Rights Film Center.
The Nepal International Human Rights Film Festival concluded on June 14th with a private screening of The Sari Soldiers at the Lutheran World Services office. The inaugural year of the festival drew over 2,000 people to thirty seven screenings in Kathmandu and Patan. Sixteen venues, including several schools, the US Embassy, the Patan Academy of Health Sciences, the Shangri-La Hotel, and the United States Educational Foundation hosted one or more screenings. Ullens School partnered with HRFFN in producing a model “Shaking the Tree” Human Rights Film Festival which featured eight films over a four day period. USEF hosted a five week series of films that were well attended by both students and adults.
The Nepal International Human Rights Film Festival began on International Women’s Day, March 8th, with a public screening of Pray the Devil Back To Hell at the Lincoln School, a film about women in Liberia who stopped a ten year old civil war. Film maker Kesang Tseten was the featured Nepali director in the festival, with his compelling trilogy of films about Nepali migrant workers proving very popular with Kathmandu audiences. One of the most popular films of the festival was The Sari Soldiers, a moving story of six women during the recent civil war. Premiered at the Mountain Festival, The Sari Soldiers filled venues wherever it was screened, including a standing room only group of tourists from Uruguay at the Shangri-La Hotel.
Festival director Bev Hoffman described the first year effort as a fantastic success. He hopes to expand the festival in 2012, bringing it to more schools, and to venues outside Kathmandu valley. He is currently supporting directors Julie Bridgham and Kesang Tseten in efforts to put their films on Nepal television.
2012: Human Rights Film Week