1. In October 2009, a group of activists from the indigenous Hyolmo community in Nepal decided to make their own movie. They wanted to tell the story of a development project that won't listen to them.

    For centuries the Hyolmo people have lived by the Hyolmo, Larke and Yangri rivers in Helambu in central Nepal. The Nepali government -- with financial support from the Asian Development Bank -- has decided to divert water from three rivers to Kathmandu to solve a chronic drinking water shortage in the capital.

    The Hyolmo claim that the government is taking their water without asking. After years of protests and broken agreements with the governemnt regarding the project, the Hyolmo decide to make a film collecting local peoples' views of the project.

    They plan to send directly to the Asian Development Bank to explain why they have been protesting against the project.

    Filmmakers Tim Whyte and Anders Thormann provided some basic training on filmmaking to the Hyolmo activists. Then we followed them for two weeks with a second camera making this film about the filming process.

    You can see pictures from the project here: http://hyolmostory.wordpress.com/

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  2. The film follows a village theatre group in Nepal, as they bicycle along dirt roads and put on shows in the communities along the way. We see how the village audiences discuss social problems through the plays and themselves join in the performances, acting out ideas and solutions to problems they face in the daily lives. The actors, who all come from the local communities themselves, talk about why they decided to become artists and what theatre means to them.

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Here are joint productions of Anders Thormann and Tim Whyte. We make films on grassroots, participatory communication in developing countries. Watch our documentary on how a village theatre group in Western Nepal stages performances on social injustice.…


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Here are joint productions of Anders Thormann and Tim Whyte. We make films on grassroots, participatory communication in developing countries. Watch our documentary on how a village theatre group in Western Nepal stages performances on social injustice. Or see how a group of indigenous activists in the central Himalayas are using film to take on a large water project that is threatening their ancestral land.

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