The fifth year of TNFF began with the screening of one of the most successful Nepali films, Highway. On September 8, the OSIE auditorium hall was filled with 200 audiences who experienced this feature film, which has also been called the “harbinger of a new era in Nepali filmmaking”. Mr. Deepak Rauniyar, Director of Highway also shared the auditorium with the audience and discussed his inspiration and experiences with the film. The screening was organized to raise funds for Nyaya Health; an organization that advocates for health rights and provides free and quality healthcare in Achham, Nepal, one of the most impoverished regions in South Asia. The event raised about a thousand dollars through donations and proceeds for Nyaya Health. Within a short span of a month, ten TNFF volunteers worked tirelessly to deliver this successful fundraising event. Once again, we did what we do best - when opportunity arises, we rise to the occasion!
Premiered at 62nd Berlin International Film Festival
First Nepali film ever to screen at a major international film festival
Opened New York Museum of Modern Art's 2013 ContemporAsian
Screened at Yale University and other festivals internationally
Used by Harvard University in their World Cinema Literature course
Screened at Montreal World Film Festival 2012 for its North American premier
A stalled bus full of people in the breathtaking landscapes of eastern Nepal forms the backdrop of nine loosely interconnected stories of travelers who urgently need to reach Katmandu. Deftly moving between past and present—while the passengers attempt to circumvent several bandhs, the illegal protest blockades that plague Nepal's endless highways—the powerful individual stories unfold to illuminate both universal and culturally specific human problems, adding up to a sweeping social critique that is being hailed by many as a benchmark in the burgeoning Nepalese film industry. Using largely improvised dialogue, nonprofessional actors, and stunning photography, first-time director Rauniyar has established himself as a filmmaker of great ability and visual imagination.
DIRECTOR: DEEPAK RAUNIYAR
Deepak Rauniyar's 2012 feature film debut, HIGHWAY, premiered at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival, becoming also the first film from Nepal ever to screen at a major international festival. The film has screened internationally at festivals and universities such as Yale University, and opened the New York Museum of Modern Art's 2013 ContemporAsian, a series of contemporary Asian cinema and received a weeklong run at the Museum. His earlier short films CHAUKAITH (THRESHOLD) (2008) and POOJA (2010) were also screened internationally.CHAUKAITH was awarded a Special Jury prize at the Ahmedabad International Film Festival (2009). Previously joining the film, Deepak worked as a senior writer/ producer for the BBC World Service Trust (2007 – 2010), where he wrote and directed several award-winning radio dramas. He is a fellow of Berlin Talent Campus (2012), Asian Cultural Council New York (2013) and Toronto Talent Lab (2013). He is currently in final stage of development of his second feature film WHITE SUN (2014).
ABOUT: NYAYA HEALTH
Nyaya Health is a for-purpose organization that exists to realize the right to health by delivering transparent, data-driven health care for Nepal’s rural poor.
Nyaya (‘knee-eye-uh’) means “the realization of just systems” in Nepali. We chose that because we aren’t the type of people to sit around and talk about justice. The word implies action, and we are all about realizing the right to health by delivering transparent, data-driven health care for Nepal’s rural poor.
Our cultural DNA is really important to us. And it’s best described by imagining what would happen if you collided the care and concern of a global health doctor with the insatiable drive towards efficiency and scale of a technology entrepreneur.