Indigenous Film Archive

Documenting, archiving & Promoting Indigenous Cultural Practices, Skills, Knowledge & Wisdom Through Films.

Films produced by IFA

IFA Shorts by Women - 2008

All these short documentaries are 10-13 mins long, made by women filmmakers with the training provided by IFA.

1. Film Name: Lavaki Kaniya
Community: Tharu
Synopsis: The Tharu Bride uses her art of cooking to bond with her new family.
Director : Renu Chaudhary – She isa film editor who owns and manages her own studio.

2. Film Name: Bhuiyar Puja
Community: Magar
Synopsis: The magar Community believe that they must not cut the tree they worship.
Director : Sanumaiya Rana – She is a Staff Nurse at the Bhaktapur Thimu Helath Post.

3. Film Name: 12 Days
Community : Newar
Synopsis: The Newars have the tradition of initiating their daughter into womanhood.
Director : Sunita Rajbhandari – Sunita has directed 2 films after IFA filmmaking workshop.

4. Film Name: Solji
Community : Mugal
Synopsis: The women of the Mugal community organize a feast to welcome a relative on his return.
Director : Toma Lama – Toma is Chairperson of the Mugal Women's Upliftment organization.

5. Film Name: River
Community: Majhi
Synopsis: Fishes in the rivers continue to be endangered by the use of poison and electrical currents.
Director : Bindu Majhi – She is a central member of Majhi Women Upliftment Association.

6. Film Name: Gra Pala Ge
Community: Sunuwar
Synopsis: The skill of handicrafts demonstrates the Sunuwar's close bonding with the bamboo tree.
Director : Laxmi Sunuwar – She is the Treasurer of Sunuwar Women's Society.

7. Film Name: Thak Thakma
Community: Limbu
Synopsis: Girls from the Limbu community are taught the art of weaving.
Director : Lila Rai – Lila is a model and dancer who has acted in several music videos.

8. Film Name: Samali
Community: Newar
Synopsis: In some Newari Community, a family friend is sent with the bride to help her adjust.
Director : Loonibha Tuladhar – Loonibha is a well known TV producer and stage actor.

9. Film Name: The Chiuree
Community: Chepang
Synopsis: The Chepangs plant Chiuree trees to celebrate the birth of a daughter as a gift for her.
Director : Shova Chepang – She works for the social upliftment of her community.

10. Film Name: Mhaita
Community: Gurung
Synopsis: The Gurung customary law gives women the right to divorse.
Director : Ratna Gurung – Ratna is a well known Radio journalist from SYanja.

11. Film Name: Girl Power
Community: Gurung
Synopsis: Gurung women are independent and empowered due to the gender equality.
Director : Renu Kshetry – She is well known for her sensitive reporting of social issues.

12. Film Name: Naraam
Synopsis: Magar community uses the Titepati (Artemesia, absinthe, wormwood) as a medicinal plant.
Director : Pratimaya Pun – She is an indigenous woman activist.

13. Film Name:Rhythm of Life
Community: Limbu
Synopsis: The Chyabrung (skin drum) is the heartbeat of the Limbu community.
Director : Srijana is a well known film and television actor.

5 Short and Experimental films - 2007

Film Name: Reflection
Language: Nepali
Duration: 5 mins
Produced Year: 2007
Directors: Sanjog Laaphaa Magar, Dipendra Dong, Rabi Serma, Surya Chemjong, Bhaikaji Maharjan

Synopsis: A juxtaposition of the pain inflicted on the indigenous people at the hands of the old state to the optimism the indigenous people have grown towards the new state.

Film Name: A fine Saturday
Language: Nepali
Duration:6 mins
Produced Year: 2007
Directors: Mausam Imbung, Sanalal Ghising, Subash Gurung, Sabina Rajbanshi, Shankar Gaha Magar

Synopsis: Rajesh loves Riya, a tenant in a house in his neighborhood. He doesn’t have guts to express his feelings to her. However, one fine Saturday, when Riya carries her stuff away, the love panicked Rajesh dares to express his feeling to Riya. For he, before she leaves that house, wants her to know his feelings towards her.

Film Name: Fallen Flower
Language: Nepali
Duration: 5 mins
Produced Year: 2007
Directors: Dipendra lama, Ajit Lamichhane, Pritam Gurung , Jaya Prakash Chaudharay, Bhawana Sunuwar, Teka Thami, Janak Rai

A surrealistic treatment of fear. In an eerie night, a girl makes it sureshe has got a khukuri(a typical Nepali knife) under her pillow, Will she put up a brave fight or be a helpless and hapless as a fallen flower as time to meet the ghost comes.

Film Name: The Level
Language: Nepali
Duration: 5’
Produced Year: 2007
Directors: Maotse Gurung, Mejan pun Magar, Shankar maharjan, Kuberman Limbukhim, Prakash Blon

A look into the position of the indigenous peoples in the society dominated by the non-indigenous people. The progress made by the indigenous communities gets outsmarted in front of the status of the non-indigenous communities as they latter have already established their hegemony in every mechanism of the state.

Film Name: The Stranger
Language: Nepali
Duration: 11 mins
Produced Year: 2007
Directors: Durga Nembang, Aryam Nakarmi, Pawan Rai, Rambabu Gurung, Bimala Sunuwar, Kamsing Chepang

Synopsis: An indigenous character of a village which gets alienated in the city, where he encounters strange language and culture. He loses his head a midst the concrete jungle replete with indifference.




Produced Year: 2010
Genre: Documentary
Duration: 32 mins
Director: Arun Pradhan

Synopsis:It is the story of a community that was uprooted from their ancestral land in the name of conservation. The film documents the lives of the people impacted by this relocation to unfamiliar environments. It projects the heart wrenching stories of land owners reduced to extreme poverty and forced to work as laborers. It also documents the opinions of bureaucracy, legal experts, senior government officials and those involved in the fame of conservation.
The story is narrated by Jagat Bahadur Rai who is constantly engaged in conserving water and water sources whose only desire is to be allowed to live on his ancestral land. The documentary poses an important question – Can we not uphold the rights of the indigenous people and Conserve Nature simultaneously?


Produced Year: 2010
Duration: 32 mins
Director: Ekaram Maharjan

Synopsis: Newar community's struggle with government to recognize their traditional institutional Guthi.


Duration: 32 mins
Produced Year: 2010
Director Ram Babu Gurung

What happens to an entire community when are denied access to all forms of existence? Fenced Out is the story of the plight of the Bote community that struggle to survive as the Chitwan National Park denies them permission to fish, pick wild fruits and vegetables or collect fodder.


Genre: Documentary
Produced Year: 2010
Duration: 32 mins
Director: Ekraj Chaudhary

Ancestral wisdom is a codumentary about the traditional vital social governance system of Tharu community known as Khayala. It is of great importance in maintaining and promoting a sense of community in Tharu village.
The documentary gives us an insight into the role of the Tharu cultural leaders as they preside over open forums to celebrate rituals and ceremonies. It also highlights the inclusion of Tharu women as cultural leaders.



Genre: Documentary
Duration: 10 mins
Produced Year: 2011
Director:Maotse Gurung and Pritam Gurung

Synopsis: Gurungs teach their daughters to be economically independent form a very young age. The dfuaghes are gifted livestock or taught to make saleable items that generate income that belongs exclusively to the girl.

This practice is known as Pewa. Unfortunately, the practice has discontinued owing to the impacts of modernization.



Genre: Documentary
Duration: 12 mins
Directed By: Ekaram Maharjan
Produced Year: 2011

In the South west of Kathmandu valley, lies a village called Kunchhal which is inhabited by the Gopalis who are herdsmen by profession. They have their own distinctive language. Historically Gopalis are known as the first rulers of Kathmandu Valley.
Gopalis live in harmony with forests and play a crucial orle in preserving it because of their strong belief that humans will incur the wrath of God if they destroy the forests. Today Gopalis have organized themselves into Guthis which are committed to the protection and preservation of forests.


Jama La Zyai

Genre: Documentary
Duration: 15 mins
Directed By: Pratima Pun Magar
Produced Year: 2011

The documentary showcases indigenous practices in post natal and new born baby care in the Magar and Tamang communities of Nepal.

Bam Kumari Budha Magar and Prem Tamang explain the process of traditional health care and nutrition which are practiced wildly till today in their communities.





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