Third Day of KIMFF 2019 Showcased 21 Films Focusing on Cultural And Natural Diversity

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The third day of Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (Kimff) showcased a total of 21 films on Firday at City Hall, Bhrikutimandap.

The films that were showcased were —‘Kokro’ by Prashish Bajracharya (Nepal), ‘Mingma Nuru Sherpa. Going West’ by Edith Zehentmayer, Nicole Baier by (Austria/ Nepal), Atisarga (The Final Farewell) by Nipil Sharma (Nepal), ‘Eighteen’ by Suman Sapkota (Nepal),Co-Husband (Sahayek Shreeman) by Ganesh Pandey (Nepal), among others .

The third day of Kimff witnessed how nature impacts the human society. Likewise, the movies depicted humans’ resilient and how they are able to adapt in their natural habitat.

This year Kimff is celebrating Sir Edmund Hillary’s centennial year and a special screening of ‘The Ascent of Everest’, about the conquest of Everest by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa on May 29, 1953, officially marked the opening of the film festival.

The 17 th edition of Kimff this year seeks to focus spot light on diverse narratives under the festival tagline where the Kimff team is excited to present an all inspiring line-up of 79 films from about 29 countries.

Films are showcased that encompass diverse narratives about people, places, mountain sports and culture. Kimff features more than just films in the presence of filmmakers, audiences, artists, activists, and mountaineers.

In Nepal Panorama, the little protagonist in ‘Junu ko Jutta’ charms us with her antics; a young couple amuses us with their predicament in ‘Eighteen’; we empathize with the dilemma of a single mother in ‘Ama Khando’, and celebrate the journey of a transgender rights activist in ‘Pahichan’. The short insightful films in ‘Paribartit Nepal’ reflect a country at the crossroads struggling to reconcile the old while embracing the new.

This year Kimff seeks to focus the spotlight on diverse narratives under the festival tagline ‘Voices from the Margins’. The stories of Belmaya and friends, in ‘I am Belmaya’, ‘Blues of Pink’, and ‘Mispaha Betrance (Family In Transition)’ engaged and moved us as they navigate their way in deeply structured societies. Kimff features more than just films.

Festival highlights include a filmmaking master class by Australian filmmaker and adventurer Michael Dillon, a presentation by artist Tsherin Sherpa ‘Transformer – from Traditional to Contemporary Art’, panel discussions on ‘Rewrite Her Story’ and ‘Championing Young Filmmakers’, an interactive storytelling session on snow leopard conservation, a photo exhibition ‘Travels Across Nepal’ by French mountain guide Denis Poulet, and an installation of Visit Nepal Year 2020 mascot The Yeti.

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