Nepal Earthquake Event At SOAS, University of London

Nepal’s Earthquake One Year On: Resilience, Relief and Remembering will be held at the Khalili Theatre at SOAS, University of London on Wednesday, 18th of May. The event will feature a range of programs from short-films, presentations by different figures who were involved at different capacities from fundraising, heritage to arts. The event will also have poetry and live music. The event is FREE for all but it does require registration beforehand. It will start at 1PM and continue on till 5PM; attendees are more than welcome to pick and choose which part of the event they wish to attend if they do not have enough time to attend the entire program or they wish not to. The nearest tube station is Russell Square station.

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1:00 PM
Introduction : Professor Michael Hutt
Director of SOAS South Asia Institute

Foreward of music and poetry by Lochan Rijal based on poem Bhukumpa by the late Yug Yavi Siddhi Charan Shrestha

1:15 PM
Film: Short Fiction: Chandra Dir: Asmita Shrish and Fateme Ahmadi

Shot two days after the May 12 earthquake, chosen as an MN9 Asian Masters and Newcomers Project under Busan Film Festival. Selected at Freburg Film Festival

1:25 PM
Film: Documentary: Journey to Home Dir: Saral Gurung

Filmed entirely on mobile phone, one of Kathmandu Mountain Film Festival’s Seismic Shift selections, following youths aiding their village in the Tibetan speaking village of Nubri, Tsum Valley.

1:30 PM
Poetry Performance : Lara Rai

Author, poet and social activist, founder of Junkiri Initiatives.

1:35 PM
Film: Documentary: Team Katla Vlog

Following the incredible initiative by British based student Sarala Thapa, who managed to raise a record breaking £12,000 in two days.

1:55 PM
Film: Music Video: Mustang-Back to Nepal Dir: Tonio Nicolazzi

A tourism initiative to encourage visitors to Nepal post –earthquakes with the international Trek Magazine.

2:00 PM
Film: Documentary: Return to Nepal Pt 1: Rise of the Artisans

Dir: Oliver Wilkins

Emmy-award winning director Oliver Wilkins teams up with producer Doc McKerr, Britain’s Goodwill Ambassador to Nepal, an ex-army officer who was the first person to trek solo the Great Himalayan Trail in 2013. Together they team up in an initiative to support tourism in Nepal by exploring the positive rebuilding initiatives of communities.

2:10 PM
Film: Documentary: What us a House? What is a State?
Dir: Prof.Ben Campbell , Durham University

A film visiting the damaged rural village of Tengu in Rasuwa in July 2015.

2:35 PM
Photo Essay: 12: 12 Presenter: Premila van Ommen

Visual narrative of a personal journey home, visiting family and neighbours in shelters.

2:45 BREAK Break with refreshments 30 mins

3:15 PM
Poetry Performance: Samir Gurung

A poet and actor, one of the founders of British Nepali arts initiative Parcha Creative and Arts

3:20 PM
Film: Documentary: Return to Nepal Pt 2: Sherpa Unity Voices from the Mountain Dir: Oliver Wilkins

The second part of Return to Nepal series by Emmy-award winning director Oliver Wilkins and Doc McKerr.

3:30 PM
Film: Documentary: Helping Thame Recover Dirs: Rocky Prajapati and Shashank Shrestha

Following works by Thame Heritage Fund rebuilding the Sherpa area of Thame.

3:35 PM
Presentation : Ojesh Singh

An overview of Nepali charity Pasa Puchah Guthi UK on their works regards the earthquakes as one of the hubs of sending goods to Nepal, demonstrating the informal diasporic networks in aiding relief and reconstruction.

3:55 PM
Poetry Video: Timi Paila Matrai Sara By: Word Warriors Nepal

A Search for Common Ground Nepal initiative together with Word Warriors as a salute to all the youth of Nepal rebuilding the country post-earthquake.

4:00 PM
Film: Maya

Dir: Veemsen lama

An award winning short fiction from a former Gurkha soldier turned filmmaker, inspired by real events. Maya recently won best film for London’s Independent Short Film Festival and continues to clock up more awards. It has been screened in support of the child victims of the earthquake, instrumental also in raising funds to help the needy.

4:15 PM
Film: Animation: In Search of Strength Dir: Sanyukta Shrestha

Talk: “Use of information technology by the Nepali youth communities in mobilising relief materials after Nepal earthquakes”

Short award winning animation followed by talk from animator and artist Sanyukta Shrestha on the role of internet and technology in facilitating aid, relief and innovation for reconstruction.

4:25 PM
Poetry: Music and Video: Stand There By Ujjwala Maharjan and Night Band

A collaboration by Ujjwala Maharjan, one of Nepal’s young leading slam poets and Night Band originally performed at Kathmandu’s Theatre Village in benefit for quake affected students.

4:30 PM BREAK 15 mins

4:45 PM
Music: Namlo Band Feat. Shreya Rai and Ganga Thapa

Members of London based Namlo band, featured on BBC’s Global Beats series, perform an acoustic set of their songs.

4:55 PM
Presentation: Dinesh Paudel

Professor of Sustainable Development at Appalachian State University shares a few words on aid and the aftermath in Nepal

5:00 PM Discussion Panel

Featuring Shreya Paudel, former NUS president, Dr. Sara Parker (Liverpool John Moore’s University), members of Britian Nepal Academic Council and more.

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