Himalaya Film Festival 2008 on 9 and 10 February: 45 films about the highest peaks
February 03 2008 -Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 February, the Himalaya Film Festival will be held for the 6th time in De Griffioen, the cultural centre of the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. For two days, approximately 45 films and documentaries from an area the size of Europe will be screened. Furthermore, you can enjoy a performance of the remarkable Tibetan band JJI Exile Brothers and lectures from, amongst others, the American professor Barbara Brower, who lived for years high up in the mountains among yak herds.
“The programme offers a great diversity of footage; visitors will be treated to kaleidoscopic perceptions”, organizer Mr Glenn Mitrasing says enthusiastically. “The theme of the festival is ‘compassion’ which is what inspires both participants and organization. It returns throughout the programme.” A striking example is the film A Climb for Peace featuring an Israeli and a Palestine climbing Mount Everest together. The Kashmir issue comes up in the film How We Celebrate Freedom and Tibet’s situation is referred to in 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama.
The lecture about the impact of climate change on the yak herds high in the Himalaya by the American Professor Barbara Brower is another highlight. Once she went there to teach the herds about the management and protection of high waste lands, but soon she turned out to be the one learning from the yak herds with their generations of knowledge of and experience with the most difficult rangelands on earth. However, despite their wealth of knowledge the yak herds seem to have no answer to the threats of climate change.
Quite a lot of attention is also given to lighter stuff, for instance in films like Richard Gere is My Hero and Riding Solo to the Top of the World. If you are curious about the sound of blues, jazz and rock mixed with traditional Tibetan music, you really shouldn’t miss the JJI Exile Brothers’ concert.
“Just like last year, the festival will travel to Japan in October. many japanese are interested in this theme”, says Mr Mitrasing. From Saturday 2 February till Friday 9 February, the digital theme channel Holland Doc will broadcast films from earlier editions of the Himalaya Film Festival.
More information about the programme is available on the website www.himalayafestival.nl You can also order tickets on-line.
The festival will be held on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 February 2008. Location: De Griffioen, cultural centre of the Vrije Universiteit, Uilenstede 106, 1183 AM Amstelveen.
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