Directed by Amitabh R. Joshi
Set in the grassroots of the Himalayan Mountains, 2014 CAAM Documentary Fund selection TASHI’S TURBINE is an uplifting tale of a small village’s attempt to harness renewable, sustainable energy with the power of the wind. The story begins with the strong friendship between Tashi Bista and Jeevan, who journey from Kathmandu to Namdok with hopes of building a stronger Nepal, one wind turbine at a time. Their first site, Namdok, is a humble remote village in Upper Mustang, which previously relied on sparse candlelight to power through the windy nights. As Tashi and Jeevan work with the villagers, the elements and gusty landscape bring their own set of unforeseen challenges for installing a strong wind turbine.
Director and cinematographer Amitabh Joshi tells a story of friendship and engineering with simple and graceful composition, paying delicate attention to the natural beauty of Namdok. As the villagers speak and laugh with the camera, their storytelling weaves together a light-hearted, moving account on the power of the wind and a community’s vision.
– Hardeep Jandu
Expected Guest in Attendance:
Amitabh Joshi (Director): March 19 and March 21 screenings
Co-Presenter: SF Green Film Festival
Producer: Amitabh Joshi, Erik Spink, Nabin Uprety
Cinematographer: Amitabh Joshi
Music: John Kruth
Cast: Tashi Bista, Jeevan Kumar Oli
Masahiro Sugano / Cambodia / 2015 / 14 minsVerses in Exile is a web series in four parts that tells the tangled tale of Cambodia’s most famous contemporary poet prior to his deportation. With no choice but to be told entirely in a land his family fled, Kosal Khiev recounts his journey from refugee to troubled youth, from prison inmate to free roaming poet.
Precedes: Tashi’s Turbine