Beneath Everest – Nepal Reborn / Documentary 2009
supported by the United States Institute for Peace / Nepal, Germany 2009 / 90 Min. / nepali with english and german subtitles
Directed by Tulsi Bhandari / Editing & cinematography: Christina Voigt / Music: Bela Brauckmann, Gabriel Gordon
Dokfest Kassel / Nomination »Golden Key Award« Human Rights Film Festival Prishtina, Kosovo Ethnologisches Filmfestival Zürich Harvard University Cambrigde, USA New York City, Asia Society, USA Tufts University Boston, USA Swiss Peace, Center for Peacebuilding, Bern Stadtkino, Basel
From deep in the Himalaya Mountains where Maoist soldiers greet the morning sun as they warm up, to the cities where a powerful movement for change explodes on the streets, the people of Nepal have experienced moments they never thought possible.
Filmed over four years during the height of the insurgency and the historic transition of Nepal from a 240-year old monarchy to a Republic nation, Beneath Everest is a journey that exposes the grass root realities of Nepals ten-year war.
The film critically questions the use and continuation of violence and challenges its justifications.
Directed by a native Nepali, the film encourages Nepalis silenced by the fear to tell their stories, and challenges them to reflect on their fears, triumphs and hopes as Nepal begins the long journey towards peace.