Notes from the Field

Kathmandu Film Festival Brings Together Filmmakers, Environmentalists to Discuss Climate Change

December 16, 2009

Our dramatic topography here in Nepal provides a front-row seat to many of the disastrous effects of climate change, including rapid glacier melt, receding snowcaps, landslides, etc., so we are listening eagerly this week to hear what will come out of the Copenhagen climate conference. You may recall – as it was reported here in this blog–just prior to the start of the Copenhagen summit, Nepal’s top politicians held their own cabinet meeting at the base of Mt. Everest – over three miles up – to raise awareness of the danger global warming has on glaciers. Despite the very present threats, awareness of climate change among Nepali citizens remains low, according to a July Gallup poll.

To help raise awareness, this year’s Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (KIMFF) with support from The Asia Foundation, held a special screening of 10 shorts on climate change produced by young Nepali filmmakers this week, from December 10-14. The screenings were followed by a roundtable featuring comments by the respective filmmakers and an interactive discussion with three panelists: environmentalist Dr. Tirtha Bahadur Shrestha, conservationist Bhushan Tuladhar, and climber Shambu Tamang. Nearly 600 people attended the event. The films screened include: “Act Locally Think Globally,” by Ishu lama; “Santoshi Nepal; Jeopardy,” Shiva Sharan Koirala; “3 Cs of Climate Change,” Binod Kumar Dhami and Padam Raj Paneru; “Get Your Act Together,” Suresh Limbu; “Mero Karma,” Ravi Chettri; “Step Up!!” Prabin Syangbo; “Small Step,” Deepak Limbu; “Save Climate for Future Generation,” Shiva Pangeni and Prabhat Thapa; “Back or Continue,” Manoj Kumar Pant; and “My Green Home,”Anup Poudel. Read more about the festival.

Nirjan Rai is a Program Officer in The Asia Foundation’s Nepal office and can be reached at nirjan@taf.org.np.

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