Nepal is a truly incredible country, filled with a rich cultural history, world heritage building, a diverse landscape & of course, the legendary Himalayas. Outside of the mountainous landscape however, the general population doesn’t tend to know a lot about Nepal and it’s people. I have been fortunate enough to experience a little of what the region offers and I wish everyone the opportunity to travel there and experience it for themselves.
I have put together a list of documentaries that hopefully provide you with a glimpse into what life holds in this mystic nation.. There is of course, a great deal of footage based around the Himalayas and what the mountains mean to the Nepalese people. Perhaps you will also discover another side to Nepal, away from the trekking and the tourism that it’s renowned for. A spiritual side, and a culture you won’t experience anywhere else.
“Nepal, in the Mountains Shadow” is a compelling cultural documentary set in the mystic country at the heart of the Himalayas. Guided by child rights activist and orphanage director Visma Raj Paudel, the film explores the growing social disparity that exists throughout the whole of the country, as he struggles to uncover the truth behind the plight of the nations most precious resource–its children. The documentary weaves together beautiful imagery and gripping first hand interviews to create a rare look into modern day Nepal.”
“Three friends adventure across Nepal with the goal of trekking the classic Annapurna Circuit and the Thorong-La Pass at an altitude of 5,416m whilst stopping by for a visit with an old friend on the way.”
“The filmmakers set out to make a film of the 2014 Everest climbing season, from the Sherpas’ point of view. Instead, they captured a tragedy that would change Everest forever. At 6.45am on 18th April, 2014, a 14 million ton block of ice crashed down onto the climbing route through the Khumbu Icefall, killing 16 Sherpas. It was the worst tragedy in the history of Everest. The disaster provoked a drastic reappraisal about the role of the Sherpas in the Everest industry. SHERPA, tells the story of how, in the face of fierce opposition, the Sherpas united in grief and anger to reclaim the mountain they call Chomolungma.”
A king who lost his kingdom. A son who lost his father. At one time or another in life, every man is aware that his time is limited. In the very midst of life we know what never will come again, what irreversibly replaces a past that cannot be recovered. Three men journey to the forbidden kingdom of Mustang in the remote Himalayas in search of roots, to reconcile loss and anticipate the rise of modernization.
A fascinating look into what life was like before the influx of trekking and climbing tourism that exists in the modern day.