Kathmandu, April 21, 2017: Surath Giri, an alumnus of the International Visitors and Leadership Program (IVLP) of the US Department of States is set to organize a week-long residential workshop on movie-making for young women aged between 16 to 30 years old. Mr. Giri had recently won the Alumni TIES Small Grant Competition held among the alumni for his project.
The workshop will take place from 18-24 May, 2017 in Dhulikhel and have 20 participants in total. The participants will be taught about various aspects of filmmaking and visual storytelling including story hunting, story selection, script writing, cinematography, editing, acting, and direction. Following the workshop, the participants will work in small teams to produce a short movie or documentary on social issues, mainly the issue of entrepreneurship.
All the short movies and documentaries made by the participants will be screened amidst a closing ceremony in June.
“By combining the theoretical classes with a practical assignment at the end, we hope to ensure that the young women participating the workshop are gaining a practical knowledge. And the short movies/documentaries they make will be used to promote women entrepreneurship and women’s rights,” Giri told Glocal Khabar. “Any female with the interest in visual storytelling can apply for our workshop. They don’t need to have prior experience or knowledge,” he added.
Onion Films Nepal, an audio-visual company Mr. Giri co-founded with Govinda Siwakoti in 2013 will be providing the technical and logistical support for the program. The duo has already organized ten movie-making workshops in the past in Kathmandu and Biratnagar, and over 200 young people have already graduated from their workshops.
“But this is going to be our first workshop with just the female participants. I think this is probably the first of its kind program in Nepal,” Giri shared.