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Berlin, February 2015
Dear friends, far and near,
In 2013, I spent 3 months in an orphanage in Nepal's Central
Region. During this time, I explored with a group of 15 youth the
possibilities of documentary-filming in the broader sense of the
term. It was an intense time and we produced a number of short
movies, very diverse in style and motivation.
Over the last two years, I worked from time to time on a small
Website to present them. A while ago I finished that project and I
want to invite you to visit and explore it, if you are interested.
The Website's design is based on drawings made by the youth that
made the movies.
Please have a look at: www.dokukids.de
Some of the videos are more accessible to a non-Nepali audience,
some probably less.. One or two have English subtitles, which
you can activate by clicking the symbol labeled cc at the lower
border of the videos.
My concept in short was to provide tools to the kids in a way that
would enable them to do as many things as possible independently.
In course of the Workshop they took over as many roles as acting,
directing, camera, storywriting, interviewing, researching topics,
editing and making subtitels in short: everything. towards the end
of the workshop, they acted almost autonomously in groups,
organizing what they needed and who would do what, by themselves.
My goal was to give means to them to show and articulate how they
see their world and to investigate together into topics that were
interesting to them. In between the camera-action, we would have
input blocks about camera, perspectives, storytelling, different
documentary styles, audio, etc.
We filmed with very simple technical equipment (Flip-cams and in
some cases Zoom recorders) and worked around the drastic
power-cuts that left us with very few hours of electricity a day,
that made it difficult to recharge our equipment, but especially
to review and edit the material. However, we made it, essentially
thanks to the support of the staff of the children home Tathali.
My special thanks go to Rajan Shresta, who let us convert his
office into a chaotic production central and who was always so
incredibly supportiv, kind and patient. Also, I would like to
thank the media cooperative "Sattya" who lent us equipment and
editing time on their computers, and the mother-organisation of
the children home, "kam for sud", who made the whole project
possible in the first place. Last but not least thanks to Kristyna
Balaban, Marie Donath and Christiane Schmidt for sharing their
knowledge with me! But my biggest thank you is reserved for: Amrita,
Anil, Ashma, Ashok, Deepak, Dipendra, Hemantha, Ishwori,
Joshila, Pradip, Puja, Sanju, Sirjana, Sujan and Tenzing
It was really great to get to know you and to make this project
with you! I hope you will enjoy to see the website and to watch
your movies again!
About the individual movies:
"Before the Children Home" was beginning with me asking the Kids
if they want to interview each other about their life before they
had come to the childrens home. A few girls said yes and took
over. The next time i saw them they had filmed a complete short
movie, play acting a constellation they agreed together, was
typical for the situation they were in before coming to their
"Do the small things" was born from the motivation of some of the
Kids to make a documentary about environment and garbage issues.
Sujan wrote a script and directed what became a very passionate
educational short movie about this Topic.
More a documentary in the classical sense is "Eeta Bhatta", a fast
paced journey into the world of the extremely precarious work of
brick production that takes place and formes the landscape around
Tathali where the children live.
"Flowers" was a often heard answer to the question "what do you
want to film". In the end we used some of the footage to make a
short Clip with a song performed by the Children themselfes and
used it to get familiar with using effects in postproduction.
"picknick" is a something like a home movie of the annual getaway
of the children home. That will look a bit different from what
those of you, who come from Europe might expect.
The "Cotton recycling in Bhaktapur" was another investigation into
the surroundings of Tathali as well as into the Topic of waste and
recycling. It was to noisy to interview anybody so we had to
Emu / Emanuel