Monday, August 28, 2006

A summer of cinema in Paris


In the summer of 2006, I attended the New York Film Academy's directing program in Paris. NYFA's program is based in La Femis, one of Paris's premier film institute. These are the 16mm shorts I shot:

The Escape (2006)
9 minutes, fiction
16mm, black and white
A schoolteacher from Mugu, Western Nepal, flees a troop of young Maoist cadres who come to kill him. Based on a true story told to the filmmaker by a teacher in an internally displaced camp in Kohalpur.

A Nepali Emigre in Paris (2006)
4 minutes, fiction
16mm, black and white
A Nepali man flees political repression and leaves for Paris as the fight for democracy begins. He has no reason to look back for twenty years—till now, when both his loyalty and his love are torn between two sides.

Suzanne (2006)
4 minutes, fiction
16mm, black and white
An homage to Leonard Cohen’s song.