Monday, June 04, 2001


With Special Reference to the River Ganges Basin
4-5 June 2001

10.00-10.30 Registration and Coffee
Morning Session: Chair, Professor Surya Subedi, Middlesex University

Opening by Professor Michael Driscoll, Vice-Chancellor, Middlesex University

Welcome by Professor Surya Subedi, Middlesex University
10.45-11.00 Key Note Speech by Professor Philippe Sands, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London: "International Watercourses Law in the 21st Century and the River Ganges Basin"

"Problems and Prospects for co-operation between the Riparian States of the River Ganges Basin", by Professor B. S. Chimni, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

11.40-12.00 Coffee Break

"The View of the Civil Society on the Law and Policy of the Riparian States of the River Ganges Basin", by Mr. Ajaya Mani Dixit, Nepal Water Conservation Foundation, Kathmandu.

"The Experience of the Rhine River Basin", by Professor Andre Nollkaemper, University of Amsterdam

13.00-14.00 LUNCH
Afternoon Session: Chair, Professor Jeremy Cooper, Middlesex University, London

"The Legal Regime of Nepal concerning the Utilization of Water Resources", by Mr Surya Nath Upadhyay, Former Secretary in the Ministry of Water Resources, Kathmandu.

"Utilization of Water Resources and Prevention of Pollution of Water in India", by Professor Bharat Desai, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

"The Law and Policy of Bangladesh concerning the Utilization of her Water Resources", by Mr. Humayun Kabir, Senior Research Fellow, Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies, Dhaka.

15.20-15.40 Coffee Break

"The 1997 UN Convention on International Watercourses Law and Freshwater Resources Problems of the World", Professor Malgosia Fitzmaurice, Queen Mary College, University of London and Professor Gerhard Loibl, Universitat Wien, Austria.


9.30-10.00 Registration and Coffee

Morning Session: Chair, Mr Stephen Homewood, Principal Lecturer, Middlesex University.

"The Experience of the River Mekong Region", by Ms Bantita Pichyakorn, Researcher, Bangkok, Thailand.

"Problems and Prospects of Water Sharing between India and Bangladesh", by Mr Anjan Datta, Centre for Environment and Geographical Information Systems, Dhaka.
10.40-11.00 "International Law and the Legal Regime of the River Ganges Basin", by Professor Surya Subedi, Middlesex University.


Coffee Break
11.40-12.00 "The Way Forward for the River Ganges Basin", by Mr Ramaswamy Iyer, Winrock International, New Delhi.

"Proposals for the Sustainable Use and Management of the Water Resources of the River Ganges Basin", by Professor B. S. Chimni, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

12.40-13.00 Concluding Remarks, by Professor Surya Subedi, Middlesex University


PANI (Water), by Ms Sushma Joshi, Kathmandu, Nepal. A documentary about water in Nepal, made in conjunction with IRC Netherlands and Nepal Water for Health.

Thursday, May 31, 2001

International House Yearbook

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As a graduate student in New York, I lived in the International House, a house with 700 graduate students from all over the world. As part of my work-study, I worked as the videographer for the I-House, and shot the colorful cultural events and speakers who came to speak there.

I also shot and edited the 2001 International House of New York Yearbook. The video features people as diverse as Fareed Zakaria, Bill Moyers, Gerry Adams, amongst others.

Map of international house nyc

Sunday, April 01, 2001

PANI (WATER) accepted to Flickerfest, Australia's premier short film festival


My documentary WATER was shown at the Flickerfest in Sydney in 2001. 

FLiCKERFEST is Australia’s leading and most respected short film festival, and is Australia’s only Academy® accredited and BAFTA recognised short film festival.

Flickerfest is an Academy Accredited Short Film Festival & BAFTA recognised Film Festival

Sunday, January 07, 2001

REVIEW: FILM SOUTH ASIA '01, Festival of South Asian Documentaries

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REVIEW: FILM SOUTH ASIA '01, Festival of South Asian Documentaries

By Sushma Joshi

Nepal is a country known more for its mountains and trekking trips than for its film festivals. You'd imagine that budget travelers would be more likely to be seen downing an apple pie en route to Everest than catching the latest at a documentary festival. But Film South Asia, the film festival of South Asian documentaries, has been drawing an eclectic crowd of residents as well as travelers since its debut in Kathmandu in 1997. The first four-day film festival, held in the cosy new theatres of the Russian Cultural Center in downtown Kathmandu, drew crowds of people for the latest documentaries from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal.

Fifty-five documentaries were shown at the first festival, including Nusrat Has Left the Building, But When? Pakistan's Farzad Nabi's experimental docu-drama, and The Spirit Does Not Come Anymore, the first-ever prize winner by Nepali filmmaker Tsering Rhitar. The works spanned the spectrum, from human rights and activist work to ethnographies and experimental. The FSA traveling film festival, which was organized to bring the films to audiences in North America and Europe, has put documentaries from South Asia on the global circuit.

The concept of independent film production, especially independent documentary, is almost unknown within Nepal. With the exception of a
few isolated cases, filmmakers within the country have concentrated on low-budget Bollywood remakes for commercial consumption. The film festival, which is held every two years, has created a heightened interest in low-budget, independent productions from the subcontinent that has not existed before. Kanak Dixit, who is senior editor and founder of Himal magazine as well as the founder of Film South Asia, attributes the success of the film festival to the fact that it is organized by non-film people like print journalists. "We have been doing serious magazine-length journalism, and documentary
filmmaking comes closest to that, which is probably why we went for it," he says.

India, with the largest film industry in the world, still has no significant festival or movement around independent documentary. While small clusters of activists produce their work within their own communities, these usually do not find the distribution they deserve. Film South Asia has filled this void by providing the subcontinent with a major film festival which has highlighted work on an international level. While the festival has done a lot to open up audience access to independent productions from South Asia, problems still remain.

The festival is dominated by works from India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, with a few works from Nepal and Bhutan. Works by women are underrepresented, primarily because women outside the activist circuit do not have the funds to create their own productions. As Kanak Dixit concludes: "We need to consider why more documentaries are not being made, and look at the real challenge of expanding the audience for the documentary all over."

Film South Asia [] accepts applications from South Asian filmmakers and filmmakers of South Asian descent from around the world. The next festival is being held Oct. 4-7 in
Kathmandu, Nepal. Submission deadline: June 30.

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