We Corner People - A Documentary about Building a Bridge in Nepal.
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Near Nepal’s border with China sits a small village that is breathtakingly beautiful, but oh so isolated. The inhabitants call themselves the “Corner People”, living as they do with their backs up against a mountain without benefit of electricity, roads, a doctor’s office, or even a single store. They are proud of their 3-room school, but that just goes up to 3rd grade. The nearest town with a store, customers to sell their bamboo weavings to, or a school for older children is a 4-hour, round-trip hike away.
The path to the stores and customers crosses a river that can be easily leapt in a single bound during the dry season but grows to a raging torrent during monsoon season. Everyone in town mourns the loss of at least one individual who slipped and drowned while attempting to cross the angry river.
Now the local government has raised the money to build a bridge over the river and sent supplies and an engineer to supervise the construction. No power tools have been provided to string the heavy metal cables across the river gorge or to lay deep bridge foundations. Large gangs of locals must work together in harmony to do this hard work.
“This subtle, multi-dimensional film tells the story of a bridge, not as a monumental or heroic achievement of development, but as an event that occurs within a local social history… The portrait is holistic ….a story of a participatory development, told entirely without romance, false egalitarianism, or teleological overtones.” Dr. Stacy Pigg, Simon Fraser University
But this town, like any town, is full of individuals who don’t always see eye-to-eye. What makes this movie so revealing is that it takes the time to explore the many perspectives of the people who have set their differences aside to get an important job done. We get to meet the people, and understand how each person’s unique perspective flavors what they want and how they go about making sure their voice is heard.
“This straightforward tale turns into a metaphor for present-day Nepal itself.(Director) Kesang Tseten has distilled the country’s realities into the life of one village, bringing everything into the microcosm: poverty, underdevelopment, Maoism, Buddhist shamanism, Christian evangelism, migrant labor, marriage, life and death. Like all great stories, it is told simply in the words and actions of the protagonists themselves.” Kunda Dixit, Nepali Times
This film was brought to the Film Society by Karma and Wendy Lama of KarmaQuest, a Half Moon Bay company that organizes tours to Nepal and beyond the Himalaya. The tours they run seek to not only educate and entertain but to benefit the local communities and to support conservation. The Lamas will introduce the film and take questions after the screening.
The fee for this screening has been reduced in the hope that attendees will chose to make a tax deductible donation to a non-profit organization the Lamas work with to help rebuild Nepal’s schools following the recent 7.8 magnitude-earthquake. That earthquake killed more than 8,500 people in 2015, destroyed half a million homes, and made 5,000 schools unusable. Donations by either check or cash will be accepted, though checks are preferred.
When: September 11, 2015 at 7:30 PM
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