The mountain villages of the North-West Himalaya are the most remote, highest inhabited place on the planet. Children of the Snow Land is a feature documentary which gives the viewer the experience of being transported back to ways of life that have remained unchanged for the past 2,000 years, whilst exploring the universal question of what creates a family and the human spirit's extraordinary capacity to survive and thrive in difficult circumstances and with meagre resources.
Children of the Snow Land tells the story of a group of children born in the High Himalayas of Nepal - a remote area of great natural beauty but where life is extremely tough. From just four years old, some children are sent by their parents to the capital city, Kathmandu, to a school run by a Buddhist monk in the hope that education will give them a better chance in life.
For ten years or more they do not see or speak to their parents, due to the remoteness of their villages.
Now, upon graduation, aged 16, the children are making the trek home: an arduous and lengthy journey across mountains that takes them to the highest inhabited place on the planet; a faraway, off-grid land where the way of life has not changed for thousands of years, and where their parents are waiting to see children brought up in a world of mobile phones, social media and most modern conveniences. And then the earthquake strikes.
Children of the Snow Land documents their scary, moving, funny and humbling stories.
Children of the Snow Land has won 14 awards at film festivals worldwide including being shortlisted for a Grierson Award. It has been featured by the BBC and all major newspapers and is currently on release in UK cinemas. Nima Gurung, the star of the film, who was born in world's highest village, will be joining us on a special visit from Nepal for this screening.
Bear Grylls: “An Incredibly inspiring story from the roof of the world where families struggle and sacrifice everything to help their children.”
Joanna Lumley: “Imagine not seeing your parents and home for 12 years. The remote mountain villages in Nepal are notoriously difficult to get to; and yet imagine the black and white choice between home life or being educated miles away. This is a stunning film.”
Kate Humble: “An extraordinary story from the very roof of the world, told with great sensitivity and skill. Both heartbreaking and uplifting, this is a film full of insight and wonder.”
Special screening with Q&A with star of the film Nima Gurung, visiting from Nepal, and director Zara Balfour.
Doors open at 6.30, for film at 7pm.
£6 from SVA, £7+ booking fee online and £8 on the door