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The Himalayan Shepherd

The Himalayan Shepherd

The Himalayan Shepherd (Nepal)

Director’s Name: Avash Rijal, Nepal

Logline

The story of a shepherd who has made it to Tibet thus far in order to gaze at the sheep. This story depicts the ups and downs of a shepherd’s life.

Synopsis

Deep Singh Bohara, 52, is a permanent resident of Chhetri village in the Darchula district. This village, located in Nepal’s northwestern region, is almost the last Nepali settlement in the area. As a shepherd, he spends more time in the forest than in his hamlet. For the sheep phase, he stays out of the house all year. For him, staying out of the house all year is more of a need than a desire. His family’s bread and butter come from this profession. Apart from that, this is the only way he can provide for his daughter’s education.

He had the option of pursuing other professions as well. Some of his childhood friends have left sheepherding occupations to seek a career picking yarshagumba – Himalaya viagra. He has, however, adopted his father’s career as a source of income. While spending the year with the sheep in the wilderness, some of his pals were involved in accidents and died as a result. He did not, however, abandon his profession due to fear.

During his embarkation, he must survive on rationed food carried on the backs of sheep, making his modus vivendi quantifiable at every turn. He gathers all of his belongings and bundles them into several sacks, which he distributes among the sheep for transportation. Despite the adversity, his skin is hardly wrinkled and displays no evidence of wear and tear.

Sheepherders used to leave their homes earlier to feed their flocks. However, in recent years, the herders have been compelled to travel considerable distances because of the effects of climate change on the environment.

His wife joins him for a portion of the voyage to make things easier, but she cannot stay with him the entire time. Both the husband and wife must take time off to care for the house.

Even during the festival, he is unable to stay at home with the family since he must be away from the house with the sheep in order to raise the family. He uses music to communicate his melancholy at times. But who in that dark wilderness would understand the agony of his song?

In general, this is a story about a shepherd’s effort to raise his family away from family. It’s the story of his struggle as well as his journey. It tells the story of the Nepalese people making a living in the Himalayan region.

 

Director Statements

With this documentary, I hope to entertain, engage, and ultimately effect change. This is my feeble attempt to illustrate the adversity a guy should experience in Nepal’s Himalayan region. In this documentary, we shall tell the story of Bohara, a nomad who travels the country herding herds of sheep. Bohara lives in Darachula, one of the poorest parts of the nation. He risks his life by traveling with them and spending months in squalor in the woods. This documentary will explain how this way of living is still prevalent by placing subjects in a historical context so that viewers may compare the current situation to earlier periods. In this light, I believed that a larger audience should be aware of this tale.

 

Treatment

This is the tale of the northeastern Nepalese village of Chhetri, which is located in the Darchula district. The settlement is the final one in the area. The village contains 50 dwellings. The primary source of income for those who live in this village is sheep farming. The main source of income for the locals is sheep rearing because there is almost no agriculture output here due to the steep terrain.  Picking up yarsagumna (Ophiocordyceps sinensis) has been a seasonal job of the people of this area.

Ram Singh Bohara, the story’s main character, travels every year for the sheep phase. The journey he took last year is repeated this year. Through the video, we’ll strive to convey the suffering he endured while on his journey. He stays outside for a full year while doing his sheep-watching.

When he is away from the house, he has to endure a lot of pain. Climate change exacerbates this pain. Due to climate change, Singh, who has been farming sheep for 30 years, has encountered issues never before. The film demonstrates how a typical sheep farmer’s life has been impacted by climate change.

Our protagonist begins to notice some previously unseen wild plants while sheep-gazing and notices certain plants that are flowering early. When sheep consume those unidentified plants, they also perish in the process.

The Api and Saipal mountains are reached by our main character while she observes sheep. In our video, Api and Saipal Himal are visible.

From a house, the narrative travels through a forest to the Himalayas.

 

Director Profile

Avash Rijal is a documentary filmmaker, photographer, and Journalist. He has training in documentary filmmaking from the Dhaka film workshop organized by Dhaka International Film festival, Trento Film Workshop, Italy. He has participated as an observer for the Dhaka doc lab in 2021. He has also had experience working on different national Tv of Nepal for Documentary Production. His Documentary INDIGENOUS ASSETS had selected for different festivals worldwide.

 

Production Plan

The Documentary is in pre-production status. We are planning to shoot in November 2022 and in February 2023. In the first phase, we will shoot for 20 days and in the second phase, we will shoot for 28 days.

Budget

Total Budget of $50,000

Production Status

The Documentary is in pre-production status. We are planning to shoot in November 2022 and in february 2023. In the first phase, we will shoot for 20 days and in the second phase, we will shoot for 28 days.