Report on Himalaya Film

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Anthropology – 275 Jacob Thomas Urban 10/28/12 Himalaya Film Analysis A film can go without intense action scenes or over the top dialogue and still make a strong impact on the viewer with ideas that are very close to home. Himalaya, a foreign film directed by Eric Valli, does just that. Nominated for Foreign Film of the Year at the 2000 Oscar ceremony, this film tackles the simple matters that mean life and death in a small Nepal village seated in the legendary Himalayan Mountains. Himalaya brings an unrelenting sense of scale to what would otherwise be totally mundane ideas. The movie is about an ancient civilization we are losing and, sadly, will soon be lost. Really, it’s a documentary, and as I read the director said, will certainly be used by future historians as a visual artifact of what is soon to become the lost Dolpo civilization of Nepal. The soundtrack conditions you to this heartbreaking reality. The movie is successful on many levels: a mother's lost love (who hasn't seen her adult child since he was eight); a loving grandfather/grandson relationship, which is painfully lost; a wife who loses her husband, and a young boy who loses his father then attempts to make sense out of the loss; a young religious man who chooses the 'difficult' path over the easy monastic life; a classic confrontation between generations; and an old man whose entire life is built on strength, perseverance, and admiration, but then who ultimately must let go of it all to those who are destined to succeed him. Despite its very strong narrative, a more relevant discussion is of how the belief driven people of Nepal influence this tale with that alone. Tinle and Karma play polar opposite characters with similar ideals; that being the survival of their civilization. Karma is scolded by Tinle for being irresponsible and lax, resulting in the death of
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