Nepal Earthquake Relief Fundraiser - REBUILDING NEPAL


11th May 2015

Contact: Lakshya Dhungana



TNFF presents a fundraiser for earthquake relief - REBUILDING NEPAL


Toronto, ON - In the wake of the enormous destruction caused by a magnitude 7.8 earthquakes that hit Nepal on April 25, Toronto Nepali Film Festival (TNFF) presents a fundraiser REBUILDING NEPAL. The fundraising event will take place on May 14, 2015 at 6:30 pm at Innis Town Hall, at 2 Sussex Avenue in University of Toronto. The program includes screening of a documentary, Sunakali followed by conversation with writer Manjushree Thapa and Professor Katherine Rankin.  Admission to the event is based on open contribution.


Sunakali directed by Bhojraj Bhat is the winner of TNFF 2015 Audience Choice Award. Set against the harsh but beautiful backdrop of Mugu in Western Nepal, Sunakali is an uplifting documentary of its women's soccer team and its journey to the national championship.  The documentary provides a good overview of the difficult landscape of Nepal, its socioeconomics and the complexity of providing relief and post-relief work.


The screening will be followed by a conversation with writer Manjushree Thapa and Prof. Katherine Rankin. Thapa will speak about the political fault lines in Nepal before the quake, and the best/worst and most likely scenarios that present themselves with rebuilding Nepal.  Rankin will speak on the extraordinary mobilization that have sprung up for relief, particularly youth-driven, both in Nepal and abroad.  To support the fundraiser, a special edition of five images by TNFF’s co-founder, photographer Surendra Lawoti are also on sale.


TNFF is also soliciting contributions through its official website - All proceeds will go to Association of Youth Organizations in Nepal (AYON), a network of 92 active, not-for-profit, youth organizations that have mobilized over three hundred volunteers in the hardest hit districts of Nepal. Being part of the local community, AYON has the aptitude to maintain a longer-term post-relief presence, which is particularly essential as the communities move towards rebuilding.