We have been back from the village, in Kathmandu, for three days. I have dreamed about the village and The Darnals all three nights. We were with them, I mean really with them during our two week village shoot. We ate with them. Went to work and school with them. We unzipped our tents with our toothbrushes in our mouths
We have been casting about here for someone–or a few someones–to help us get the word out about our film. And we found someone!
Girlworld, meet Jill; Jill, Girlworld. Jill will post here from time to time, and is helping a lot with Facebook and Twitter and figuring out and staying on top of all that stuff.
We are thrilled
We are having a couple of screenings of a ~30 minute rough cut of the film, a little bit later this month (click on image to view at 800 pixel original size):
Here is a link to download a PDF version: TGWKTM_Mailer
Please feel free to email or call
Check out this video I found on the United Nations Foundation news feed. It is about Ethiopia, but could very well be Nepal. It made me think about our film. It made me think that what we are making is sort of an ‘insiders’ guide’ to what a family has on the line when they send a girl to school
Rama works in the little guest house my friend, Kristin, and I stayed for a few nights in Bandipur, Nepal. She cooks and cleans. She doesn’t have all that much English and I have hardly any Nepali. We overly “Namaste-d” to compensate— knowing if we spoke the same language
I just read an interview with the Documentary Doctor, Fernanda Rossi about trailers and it made me feel really good about ours. The Girlworld trailer as it is now is 10 minutes of Shanta, our oldest (and I would say, most intense) subject.
In these 10 minutes we see her walking home from school, doing her homework, doing
Even in a vastly simplified form, a discussion of Nepal’s caste system is almost meaninglessly dense for a big-picture guy such as myself. Nominally outlawed before I was born, there nevertheless persists a deep and socially meaningful set of caste divisions in society here.
One of our newest subjects is of an Untouchable caste. Not entirely coincidentally, she is