The federation of Nepalese forums in Qatar is hosting a film festival featuring Nepalese movies at Doha Cinema on Friday.
According to the organisers, the Nepal Indigenous Film Festival Qatar 2011 will coincide with 17th World Indigenous Day celebrations on July 29.
They said the festival aims to give an insight into the age-old culture and traditions of the Nepalese indigenous communities to other linguistic and national groups in the country.
They said members of the Nepalese indigenous groups are spread all over the country.
Nepal government has identified 59 groups as the country’s indigenous nationalities and they constituted nearly 40% of the Nepalese population.
At the festival, six films will be screened. The films include Gotheba, Asee, Kripa, Numafung, Simma and Burhan.
Each of the films deals with an indigenous group in Nepal, said Binesh Tamang, co-ordinator of the festival.
Among the movies, Numafung has won honours at the festivals in Vesoul (France), and Bangladesh, in 2003. The film was also among the official selections at festivals in Fukuoka (Japan), Singapore, The Netherlands, (all in 2003), New York South Asian Film Festival (New York 2004), and Sud festival 2005, and Bollywood festival in Prague (2006).
The screening schedule:
l Numafung (8:30-10:10am), language: Nepali, sub-title in English). The film deals with Limbu group.
l Simma (10:20am to 11:50am) language: Bantawa, sub-title in Nepali. The film is by Rai group.
l Bruhaan (12noon to 1:35pm), language: Tharu Western (sub-titles in Nepali) (Tharu group).
l Asee (1:45pm to 3:10pm (language: Magar), sub-titles in English/Nepali, (Magar group).
l Gothewa (3:20 to 5pm), language: Tamang, sub-title: Nepali), (Tamang group).
l Kripa (5:10 to 6:35pm): language: Nepali: sub-title: