Last week saw Nepal host the eighth annual Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (KIMFF). It is the only mountain film festival east of Suez and the only one in a developing country, mountains were central to some of the 66 films shown and nearly all were linked to mountain countries, 15 of the films shown were provided by Nepal. Many of the films have dealt with issues regarding cultural practices, lifestyles, conflict, wildlife, mountain-climbing, environment, globalization, and gender, among many others.

 

The festival director, Ramyata Limbu told the BBC  “What we really want to do is also inform, educate, make the Nepali public aware about issues around the world and in Nepal and how it affects them here”.

 

KIMFF has now become a competitive festival, with 20 films judged by a three-member jury from Nepal, Australia and India. The first three prizes went to films about women in Nepal, cotton farmers in India and international Peace Day in Afghanistan.  Over the years, the festival has attracted not only filmmakers, film enthusiasts, and critics, but also scholars, journalists, activists, and mountaineers.

 

Not that another reason was needed to visit Nepal which already has dramatic scenery, is home to the world-famous, 8,848 metre high Mount Everest, has seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley alone and has the serene Phewa Tal Lake which is dominated by the sacred and unclimbed Fishtail Mountain plus much much more. View our adventurous itineraries to Nepal here.

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