Himalaya Film Festival Session 8

Rated NR


What makes a nomad? Is it his land, his herd or is it just his heart? What if his land is fenced, his movements restricted? What if he has to live in town? Can he still be a nomad? What happens to his land? His herd? His heart?Through the story of Choegatar, a 30-year old nomad living in North Eastern China, "A Man Called Nomad" explores the dilemmas of a modern nomad caught between traditional nomadic life and the changing world around him.


Chayarsaba, an isolated mountain village in Nepal. Living here means working hard for one's food and worshipping one's ancestors and the gods, who guarantee a continued existence and provide protection from evil. The residents of this village at the foot of the Himalayas long for "another place", where, as they understand it, money makes life happier and technology work easier. The shaman and the mayor of Chayarsaba visit the "other world" in Vienna. This Austrian "village" is not the termination of heaven and earth, they claim to see paradise here, where everything gleams like a mirror, where one can eat one's fill, where the source of all food is invisible, where one can sit while working and traveling, and where machines do al the work. At the same time they are confused by the stored bones of the dead, the statues in the windows, which wear clothes but do not breathe, and by the overweight people who use machines to squeeze out their sweat and fat. Two different cultures are contrasted on the level of personal experience and reaction - directly, spontaneously and immediately.

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