Gangamaya and Nanda Prasad Adhikari, a couple from Gorkha (Nepal) sat on hunger strike in front of Nepal’s Prime Minister’s residence demanding justice for the 2004 murder of their teenage son Krishna Prasad Adhikari. They were forcefully admitted to Bir Hospital, a government hospital in Kathmandu. On September 22, 2014, Nanda Prasad breathed his last after 333 days of hunger strike. On October 19, 2014, Nepal’s government promised justice to Gangamaya and persuaded her to end her 359 days of fast-unto-death. It’s already been very long but the murderers haven’t been brought to book, her only son Nur Prasad is not in her contact, and the last rites of her husband haven’t been performed yet. Gangamaya sought justice through the courts as citizens should, but the administration is not up to providing it. So, despite very weak and deteriorating health, Gangamaya once again begins her indefinite hunger protest.
Gopal Shivakoti is a documentary filmmaker from Nepal. He has been working in films and digital media since 2004. He is primarily a visual editor who also does 2D animation, motion-graphics and filming. He has been a key resource person at “Young-Cuts! the filmmaking workshop” (in Kathmandu) for the past three years. His hobbies include Ethnology and documentary filming. Currently, he is CEO at Shiwakoti Films Pvt. Ltd and consultant editor at Onion Films Nepal. He has shot and edited In Search of the Searchman– a short documentary about the eight million (plus) graffiti “Khoja/Search” that has been written and inscribed all over Nepal and When Shall I See My Daddy – a short documentary about a 14 year old boy whose father has gone to the US and hasn’t returned to his home and family for ages. Save Gangamaya is his first feature-length documentary as director.