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Himalaya Film Festival Tokyo 2006

The Himalaya Film Festival Executive Committee will hold the Himalaya Film Festival Tokyo 2006 in August, 2006.
The Himalaya Film Festival is the only international film festival for documentaries on the Himalayan region. It began in 2003 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, established by Himalaya Archief Nederland, a Dutch NGO.

The Tokyo Festival will rethink the relationship between humans and nature in the context of the Himalayas. For this purpose, the festival is being jointly organised and hosted with NHK, the Japanese public broadcasting organisation.

2006 is the 50th anniversary of the successful ascent of Mt. Manasulu by a Japanese climbing expedition, also the first successful scaling of this Himalayan peak. The expedition was acknowledged as a great achievement and boosted the morale of the Japanese people, who had been mentally and economically depressed since World War II. 2006 is also the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Nepal and Japan.

We firmly believe that the Himalaya Film Festival Tokyo 2006 project will help foster people’s understanding about the Himalayan region, the human-nature relationship and environmental issues. Year 2006 will be a “Himalaya-first year” in Japan.

The structure of the festival is as follows:



Official Name: Himalaya Film Festival Tokyo 2006
Host: Himalaya Film Festival Executive Committee
(NHK International / Himalaya Archief Nederland)

Co-host: NHK

Support: Ministry of the Environment; Indian Embassy; Pakistan Embassy;
Japanese Alpine Club; Japanese Worker’s Alpine Federation; New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization; Mainichieigasha Co., Ltd.

Sponsorship: Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc.; Sibuya Television; Aquarium Co., Ltd.

Festival period: August 14 - 17 & 19 – 22 (8 days)

Festival site: NHK Fureai Hall

Programs:

1) Screening international films (16-documentary) on the Himalayan region

2) Holding a related symposium: “How to deal with global warming issues, starting
from the Himalayas ” (This symposium is scheduled to be broadcast on NHK:
“NHKBS Forum”: August 12, 2006/6pm-7pm)

Official Site: http://www.himalaya-tokyo.net



FILMS (16 films)



“The Fatal Game” (52min.) (James Heyward)

“A Higher Calling” (45min.) (Neal Michaelis)

“ Trio for one” (57 min.) (Shay J. Katz)

“Call it Karma” (48 min.) (Geoff Browne)
“Daughters of Everest” (56min.) (Sapana Sakya)

“Meltdown” (50min.) (Richard Heap)

“ A Man Called Nomad ” (40min) (Alex Gabbay)
“Farther than the Eye Can See” (75min.) (Michael Brown)

“ Into the Thunder Dragon” (47min.) (Sean White)

“Timber to Tibet” (30min.) (Mohan Mainali)

“Schools in the Crossfire” (52 min.) (Dhurba Basnet)

“The Spirit Doesn't Come Anymore” (40min.) (Tsering Rhitar)

“Climbing Manasuru” (100min. ) (Gajiro Yamamoto)

“Bhedako Oon Jasto….in search of song…” (55min.) (Kiran Krishna Shrestha)

”On the road with the red god: MACHHENDRANA” (75min.) (Kesang Tseten)

“Indian Journeys: Shiva’s Matted Locks” (50 min.) (William Dalrymple)





EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Chairman:

Junichi Nishizawa (The chancellor of Tokyo Metropolitan University, Technologist)

Vice-chairman:
Glenn Mitrasing (Himalaya Archief Nederland leader)
Keiichiro Yoshida (NHK International commissioner )

Executive Committee:

Junko Tabei (mountaineer) Isamu Takano (photographer)

Koji Akimoto (Shibuya Television CEO)

Special Adviser:

Zenkichi Hirayama (mountaineer)
Yuichiro Miura (mountaineer)

Executive Director:

Kunihiko Tanaka (video Journalist)

Deputy Director:

Hiroyuki Yamamoto (NHK International) Taizo Yoshihama (Shibuya Television)

Deputy Director:

Hiroyuki Yamamoto (NHK International)

Auditing Officer:

Akio Kunimi (corporation controller)



International Site: info: www.himalayafilmfestival.nl

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