Southasia Trust

Film Southasia is run by the nonprofit The Southasia Trust.  The Trust is engaged in numerous activities, including publication of the monthly magazine Himal Southasian, running the Hri Institute for Southasian Research and Exchange (Hri), and organising seminars and lecture series relating to pertinent issues in the Subcontinent.

Himal Southasian

Himal Southasian is Southasia’s first and only regional news and analysis magazine. Stretching from Afghanistan to Burma, from Tibet to the Maldives, this region of more than 1.4 billion people shares great swathes of interlocking geography, culture and history. Yet today neighbouring countries can barely talk to one another, much less speak in a common voice. For two decades, Himal Southasian has strived to define, nurture, and amplify that voice. Independent, non-nationalist, pan-regionalist – Himal tells Indians and Nepalis about Pakistanis and Afghans, Sri Lankans and Burmese about Tibetans and Maldivians, and the rest of the world about this often-overlooked region. Critical analysis, commentary, opinion, essays and reviews – covering regional trends in politics and economics with the same perspective as culture and history, Himal stories do not stop at national borders, but are followed wherever they lead.

HRI Institute For Southasian Research and Exchange

In Buddhism, “Hri” is a sound or a vibration, the utterance of which awakens the empathy that is an inherent part of every sentient being. The challenges before the people of Southasia must be tackled at the local, national and regional level, and yet the last aspect has yet to receive serious consideration. There can be little disagreement that geopolitical friction, poverty and pressing environmental issues as well as cultural and social dislocation must be addressed through the regional framework. The overarching ultra-nationalism nurtured by each of the national elites in the countries of Southasia has, however, ensured that regionalism remains a prisoner of platitude. There is a need to revive and energise discussions of regionalism on the platform of mainstream politics, public information and research, with a dynamic Southasian sensibility. Hri Institute for Southasian Research and Exchange is a unit of the Southasia Trust, Kathmandu Nepal. The Hri endeavour, besides the more overt political issues of cross-border relevance, will focus on culture, music, literature and the performing arts. Hri emerged out of the need for serious scholarship in the arenas of political and culture over a longer time frame than allowed by journalism. The findings of this research will be published as ‘tracts’ or monographs that will be placed before scholars and policymakers. This attempt to animate the intellectual and cultural space in Southasia will also find expression through conferences and networking activities.

Note:  The Southasia Trust has chosen to employ “Southasia” as one word in seeking to restore some of the historical unity of our common living space – without wishing any violence on the existing nation states – we believe that the aloof geographical term ‘South Asia’ needs to be injected with some feeling. ‘Southasia’ does the trick for us, albeit the word is limited to English-language discourse.
 

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  • ‘The Running Hawker’: Shot over a period of three years, the film follows the lives of running hawkers on the trains of South Bengal in India. These hawkers belong to that overwhelming majority of India’s working population (over 90%) who are frequently described as ‘informal’. This informality is constituted by a state of suspension in the zone between legality and illegality. The film attempts a presentation of the question of the hawkers’ livelihood at a time when the world of commodity trade is increasingly moving to bigger sites of supermarkets and malls in India. #fsa2017 #film #documentary #festival #southasia

    filmsouthasia: "‘The Running Hawker’: Shot over a period of three years, the film follows the lives of running hawkers on the trains of South Bengal in India. These hawkers belong to that overwhelming majority of India’s working population (over 90%) who are frequently described as ‘informal’. This informality is constituted by a state of suspension in the zone between legality and illegality. The film attempts a presentation of the question of the hawkers’ livelihood at a time when the world of commodity trade is increasingly moving to bigger sites of supermarkets and malls in India. #fsa2017 #film #documentary #festival #southasia"
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  • The festival is getting closer! Film Southasia Director Mitu Varma was interviewed today on the upcoming event and the soon-to-be-released schedule. Stay tuned. #fsa2017

    filmsouthasia: "The festival is getting closer! Film Southasia Director Mitu Varma was interviewed today on the upcoming event and the soon-to-be-released schedule. Stay tuned. #fsa2017"
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  • ‘The Colour of My Home’: No sting, no expose', no scoop on why/how/who engineered the pogrom…just an attempt to understand what it means to be uprooted and then "rehabilitated". What does it take to "move on" after a violent displacement? How do you explain a new home to your child? To live with the tag, "IDP" or "Internally Displaced Person", as described in official parlance? How do you reclaim citizenship in times such as these? #fsa2017 #festival #film #documentary #southasia

    filmsouthasia: "‘The Colour of My Home’: No sting, no expose', no scoop on why/how/who engineered the pogrom…just an attempt to understand what it means to be uprooted and then "rehabilitated". What does it take to "move on" after a violent displacement? How do you explain a new home to your child? To live with the tag, "IDP" or "Internally Displaced Person", as described in official parlance? How do you reclaim citizenship in times such as these? #fsa2017 #festival #film #documentary #southasia"
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  • ‘The Cinema Travellers’: A Cannes prize-winning film, this is a journey with the traveling cinemas of India, which bring the wonder of the movies to faraway villages annually. Seven decades on, as their lorries and cinema projectors crumble and film reels become scarce, their audiences are lured by slick digital technology. Filmed over five years, The Cinema Travellers accompanies a shrewd exhibitor, a benevolent showman and a maverick projector mechanic who bear a beautiful burden – to keep the last traveling cinemas of the world running. The film has won ten national and international awards. #fsa2017 #film #festival #documentary #southasia #cannes

    filmsouthasia: "‘The Cinema Travellers’: A Cannes prize-winning film, this is a journey with the traveling cinemas of India, which bring the wonder of the movies to faraway villages annually. Seven decades on, as their lorries and cinema projectors crumble and film reels become scarce, their audiences are lured by slick digital technology. Filmed over five years, The Cinema Travellers accompanies a shrewd exhibitor, a benevolent showman and a maverick projector mechanic who bear a beautiful burden – to keep the last traveling cinemas of the world running. The film has won ten national and international awards. #fsa2017 #film #festival #documentary #southasia #cannes"
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  • ‘The Books We Made’: Inspired by the work of Urvashi Butalia and Ritu Menon, who co-founded the first feminist publishing house in India: Kali for Women, the film is about the joy and pain of surviving in two non-lucrative professions: that of writing for small, discerning audiences, and that of publishing, translating and promoting work barely known outside its own linguistic region in India. It looks back on thirty years in publishing and focuses on the feminist politics and friendships that make this survival possible. #fsa2017 #film #documentary #southasia #festival

    filmsouthasia: "‘The Books We Made’: Inspired by the work of Urvashi Butalia and Ritu Menon, who co-founded the first feminist publishing house in India: Kali for Women, the film is about the joy and pain of surviving in two non-lucrative professions: that of writing for small, discerning audiences, and that of publishing, translating and promoting work barely known outside its own linguistic region in India. It looks back on thirty years in publishing and focuses on the feminist politics and friendships that make this survival possible. #fsa2017 #film #documentary #southasia #festival"
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  • ‘Sri Lanka, ghosts of war (Sri Lanka, les fantômes de la guerre)’: Seven years after the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka, French journalist Vanessa Dougnac travels through the North of the country searching for testimonies and remains of the conflict. Thousands of civilians were estimated killed in the last months, when the Sri Lankan army launched its final offensive to crush the Tamil Tigers. The documentary tells about the mechanism of a so-called war on terror. It offers the victims the possibility to go against the official version of a perfectly-led military operation, and speak about their own dreadful experiences. #fsa2017 #film #documentary #festival #southasia

    filmsouthasia: "‘Sri Lanka, ghosts of war (Sri Lanka, les fantômes de la guerre)’: Seven years after the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka, French journalist Vanessa Dougnac travels through the North of the country searching for testimonies and remains of the conflict. Thousands of civilians were estimated killed in the last months, when the Sri Lankan army launched its final offensive to crush the Tamil Tigers. The documentary tells about the mechanism of a so-called war on terror. It offers the victims the possibility to go against the official version of a perfectly-led military operation, and speak about their own dreadful experiences. #fsa2017 #film #documentary #festival #southasia"
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  • ‘Soz - A Ballad of Maladies’: Of folk, rock and hip-hop, this documentary captures the rhythm and blues of resistance in Kashmir valley. It is a portrait of those musicians and artists who have turned their art into weapons of resistance during periods of heightened state repression and violence in the region. #fsa2017 #festival #film #documentary #southasia

    filmsouthasia: "‘Soz - A Ballad of Maladies’: Of folk, rock and hip-hop, this documentary captures the rhythm and blues of resistance in Kashmir valley. It is a portrait of those musicians and artists who have turned their art into weapons of resistance during periods of heightened state repression and violence in the region. #fsa2017 #festival #film #documentary #southasia"
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  • ‘Shepherdess of the Glaciers (La Bergere Des Glaces)’: Way up in Ladakh—at 16,500 feet, somewhere in the Gya-Miru Valley—lives a shepherdess with a flock of 250 sheep and pashmina goats on a huge deserted rock-strewn mountain. Over a year, Tsering shares with us her lonely life among animals in an extreme environment. In spite of these tough conditions, she shows an astonishingly strong spirit. She preserves a traditional ecological way of living. But for how long ? #fsa2017 #festival #documentary #southasia #film

    filmsouthasia: "‘Shepherdess of the Glaciers (La Bergere Des Glaces)’: Way up in Ladakh—at 16,500 feet, somewhere in the Gya-Miru Valley—lives a shepherdess with a flock of 250 sheep and pashmina goats on a huge deserted rock-strewn mountain. Over a year, Tsering shares with us her lonely life among animals in an extreme environment. In spite of these tough conditions, she shows an astonishingly strong spirit. She preserves a traditional ecological way of living. But for how long ? #fsa2017 #festival #documentary #southasia #film"
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  • ‘Save Gangamaya’: Ms. Gangamaya Adhikari and Mr. Nanda Prasad Adhikari, a couple from Gorkha (Nepal) sat on a hunger protest in front of the Prime Minister’s residence, demanding justice for the 2004 murder of their teenage son Krishna Prasad Adhikari. They were forcefully admitted at Bir Hospital, however on September 22, 2014, Nanda Prasad breathed his last at his 333 days of hunger protest. On October 19, 2014, the Nepali government promised justice to Gangamaya and ended her 359 days of fast-unto-death. However, justice has not yet been served, and despite her very weak and deteriorating health Gangamaya once again begins her indefinite hunger protest. #fsa2017 #festival #film #documentary #southasia

    filmsouthasia: "‘Save Gangamaya’: Ms. Gangamaya Adhikari and Mr. Nanda Prasad Adhikari, a couple from Gorkha (Nepal) sat on a hunger protest in front of the Prime Minister’s residence, demanding justice for the 2004 murder of their teenage son Krishna Prasad Adhikari. They were forcefully admitted at Bir Hospital, however on September 22, 2014, Nanda Prasad breathed his last at his 333 days of hunger protest. On October 19, 2014, the Nepali government promised justice to Gangamaya and ended her 359 days of fast-unto-death. However, justice has not yet been served, and despite her very weak and deteriorating health Gangamaya once again begins her indefinite hunger protest. #fsa2017 #festival #film #documentary #southasia"
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  • ‘Satisal In Inferno (Dadelo Bhitra ka Satisaal)’: A tribute to singers, who, against all odds, have been lending their voices to marginalized underdogs in Nepal for over 50 years. #fsa2017 #film #documentary #festival #southasia

    filmsouthasia: "‘Satisal In Inferno (Dadelo Bhitra ka Satisaal)’: A tribute to singers, who, against all odds, have been lending their voices to marginalized underdogs in Nepal for over 50 years. #fsa2017 #film #documentary #festival #southasia"
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