KIMFF (Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival) organized its 16th screening in Kathmandu from 7th – 11th December 2018 at National Tourism Board and City Hall. KIMFF brings to Kathmandu Valley some of the most recent and exciting films about mountains, mountain environment, mountain cultures and communities from various corners of the world. KIMFF hopes not only to encourage a deeper understanding of the social and cultural realities of these regions but also to create a sense that their significance is often far-flung. The theme for this year was “WOMEN MOVE MOUNTAINS”.
Amics youth from Class XI joined the film festival for two days and watched a total of five documentaries, namely “The Schooling Pains of Chozom and Palmo”, “Me vs. Mine” and “Kilithon- The World’s Highest Marathon” on 8th December and “Mothered by Mountains” and “Bloody Phanek” on 9th December. This excursion was conducted with the aim to develop our youth’s critical thinking and creativity skills. Exposure to such events are necessary for them to understand how small ideas can turn into something big or even what people think about specific problems and how they deal with them. Most of the films were made with a small concept but that tiny concept gave way to some other big ideas.
Apart from the films, the youth also visited the stalls present during the festival that sold local Nepali products like nettle powder, nettle shoes, coffee, beans to name a few. These stalls exposed the youth to local business ideas and how small materials and products could be converted into a product and brought to an international market.
We are hopeful that the exposure and knowledge gained from these small events will inspire creativity and help the group to prepare for their next projects in the coming weeks.