I came to Kathmandu one month before the earthquake hit. I returned — one month after.
I came to survey recovery efforts following a month of international aid. Over 8,000 people died in this series of earthquakes that hit Nepal starting on April 25. Over 500,000 families lost their homes and hundreds of thousands more were damaged.
A journey through earthquake-ravaged Nepal, a follow-up video to my earlier piece highlighting Kathmandu’s unique culture. Part two, now online at @nytvideo @nytimes.
Katmandu's ancient sites were woven into the vibrant social and religious fabric of the city. Made of brick and timber, many of these iconic buildings were lost in the earthquake that rocked Nepal.
"Katmandu, Before the Quake," is something akin to a visual eulogy to the human and cultural loss from the April 25 earthquake in Nepal. The short film pays tribute to Kathmandu's cultural diversity, beauty and shows what life was like in the temples, just weeks before they fell.
I debated weather or not to make this — but I hope that by in doing so, some of these places that are no longer there, will not only be digitally preserved, but also give inspiration and hope to rebuild.