About The NAFA Film Collection
Not-the-news, just ordinary lives
The NAFA Film Collection consists of films about how people in all corners of the world live their everyday lives. The films are specially selected for you who teach or study anthropology, cultural studies, cross-cultural communications and so on or who just are interested in the worldwide variation on how people make their living and express their culture and identity.
The films are selected from those films in the NAFA archive that have the permission to be shared by NAFA members for non-commercial and educational screenings only. The films are copied from DVDs or digitized from VHS tapes or from 16 mm. The quality of the online films is accordingly. We are constantly improving the online screening service and we do our utmost to deliver the highest possible quality.
Earthquakes - Nepal
Alampu is a village in Dolakha district about two hundred kilometer northeast from Kathmandu. Approximately three thousand Thami people, one of the indigenous groups of Nepal, are living there. The Thami people are among the poorest and most marginalised groups in Nepal.
All the houses in Alampu are reported to be damaged and many people died due to the recent earthquakes. The situation in the village is very difficult. We at NAFA would like to support building materials and labour. Please consider helping the Thami people in Alampu.
The film ‘A Life with Slate’ by Dipesh Kharel, former Visual Cultural Studies student and NAFA member, is shot in Alampu. This film shows the slate production in the mountainside quarry of Alampu, and also how the slate is worked prior to distribution. Over ninety procent of the villagers have been involved in the slate production in Alampu. In the film we see the social relationships, co-operation between the miners, and the intimacy of the mining families. Strong women perform the tough and arduous work alongside the men. They have to carry heavy slate loads far to sell them. The film also describes the socio-cultural life of the village and its interaction with the environment. The activities of the men and women at the quarry, as well as in the village, have an almost poetic dimension.
Donations for Alampu are very welcome at the following bank account, called 'Dolakha, Nepal':
Norwegian DNB account: 12078925815
For donations from outside Norway: IBAN: NO2712078925815 and BIC: DNBANOKKXXX
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‘A Life with Slate’ by Dipesh Kharel, 2006 (59 minutes)