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REVIVING NEPAL BHASA
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REVIVING NEPAL BHASA
 
World Premiere

Director: Sam Shakya

United States, 2015, 29min
Format: Digital (screening) - HDV (shooting)
Festival Year: 2016
Category: Documentary
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Crew:  Producer and Director: Sam Shakya - Associate Director & Producer: Bimina Ranjit - Narration: Bimina Ranjit - Story: Sam Shakya, Bimina Ranjit - Cinematographer: Sam Shakya - Editor: Sam Shakya
Email:  sam.r.shakyagmail.com, bimina.ranjitgmail.com

synopsis
'Reviving Nepal Bhasa' is a story of the an indigenous group of people of Nepal who are called Newars. They are considered the original inhabitants of Kathmandu Valley who are attributed to many of the art and architecture that decorate the valley. Newars speak Nepal Bhasa, different from that of the national language of Nepali and they have their own set of unique ritual activities and cultural norms. The history of Newar people is full of legends, foreign invasion and political oppression. Despite these obstacles, the Newars have managed to maintain their language and culture for centuries. In modern times, however, globalization is one challenge that has proven difficult to fight. Indigenous languages around the world, including Nepal Bhasa, are being threatened towards extinction at an alarming rate. Linguists claim that a language dies every 14 days. Shot on location around Kathmandu Valley, Oregon, and New York, Reviving Nepal Bhasa highlights the plight of the Newar people to maintain their precious heritage through preservation of Nepal Bhasa. UNESCO has listed Nepal Bhasa as definitely endangered, which means that children no longer learn the language at home. So how can Nepal Bhasa be saved? What would happen to the Newar people if the language disappears?

director
Sam Shakya is a Nepal-born video producer, director and editor. He has passionately worked within the community to promote and preserve his culture. Sam is currently working as an editor and as an independent filmmaker. Sam has also taught at Brooklyn College as an adjunct professor in the art of video production and hosted workshops at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

Bimina Ranjit is a Nepal-born journalist, producer, director and editor. Bimina studied journalism in CUNY York College and has been freelance journalist since 2012, reporting mainly on South Asian immigrant communities based in New York area. Growing up in Nepal, Bimina hosted shows in Nepal Television and after moving to the US she has worked as a Radio host in 104.5 FM in Dallas, TX. Bimina discovered her love for documentary making after her internship in New Delhi Television in India and in CUNY TV.
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filmmaker's note
The 30-min film is about the indigenous people of Nepal, called Newars, and their struggle to hold onto their language against invasion, oppression, and a new threat of globalization.

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