I am set to do an opening speech on the 15th Saturday October for the movie ‘Beauty and Brains’ at the opening weekend gala of the Himalaya Film & Cultural Festival in London.
Now the film festival does not only focus on Nepal but will be showcasing movies from the Indo-range countries and those that surround the extended Himalayas. Dasdhunga, a movie which won critical praise in Nepal will also be screened at the festival on the 15th at 1PM, aside from that there will be music by U n US band that are based in the Gurkha barracks at Folkestone. The festival is taking place from the 13th till the 31st October with the final movie ‘The Sari Soldiers’ being screened on the 27th. There is quite a good finale on the 28th October with live Newari Dance & Culture by Bhairab Nach Ghuthi UK at the Bhavan Centre that will commence from 7PM. The venue will vary according to each day but majority of the venue fall around the East London to Central London area including SOAS, Rich Mix, Asia House, Tricycle Cinema and Bhavan Centre.
For the opening gala event on the 15th you can pay a set price for the day which is approximately £10 and that will include Dasdhunga at 1PM and Beauty and Brains + Q&A session at 4.30 PM alternatively you can pay simply only for the movie approx £5-6. Now I’m just wondering what I can possibly talk about during my opening speech.
If you are from London and looking forward to watching movies with real subjects then do drop by the Himalaya Film Fest. For detailed information on the movies and which venue they will be screened at please follow the website link here! Screenings being held at SOAS will be free of cost.
Movies being screened:
The Way Of The Road (13 Oct: 7PM)
Dasdhunga (15 Oct: 1PM)
Beauty and Brains (15 Oct: 4.30PM)
This is my Destiny (16 Oct: 1PM)
Blindsight (17 Oct: 10:30AM)
Brilliant Moon (17 Oct: 6:45PM)
Nepal’s Stolen Children (19 Oct: 6:45PM)
Inshallah Football (20 Oct: 8:15PM)
Skateistan: To Live and Skate Kabul (21 Oct: 10:30AM)
Afghan Girls (21 Oct: 11AM)
The Alphabet Book (24 Oct: 7PM)
The Sari Soldiers (27 Oct: 7PM)
Performances and More:
U n US Band (15 Oct: 7:30PM)
Ganga Thapa (15 Oct: 7:30PM)
Yak Attack (15 Oct: 7:30PM)
Newari Dance & Culture (28 Oct: 7PM)
Govinda Prasad ‘Sah’ Azad – Art Open Studio (28-30 Oct)
Law & Conflict in Kashmir – Workshop (31 Oct)