14th DMZ Docs(2022)
I AM DOCU
Ngima Gelu SHERPA
The film offers a fascinating and hypnotic ethnographic study of the filmmaker's hometown, punctuated by the evolution of the approaching storm. Providing a commentary on climate change, as well as how life staggeringly must go on, even as the rain pours and the streets flood, the film is not only a portrait of place, but also of the resilience of people.
It starts with drizzle. People play with puppies, and rainbows fill up the sky. However, the rain begins to intensify, and the streets are soon flooded with water. People who visit Kathmandu cannot bow down and are busy scooping up muddy water. The heavy rain has changed the landscape. Kathmandu Monsoon documents the rainy landscape of Kathmandu without any narration or subtitles. It is not easy to read any special message with this image alone. Most of the scenes were shot in a calm and peaceful atmosphere, and heavy rain can be a common sight in Nepal's rainy season. However, considering that Nepal is one of the countries experiencing the greatest crisis due to recent climate change, this “routine” may be a sign of a crisis that is becoming increasingly serious. What we saw may have been a foreshadowing of catastrophe rather than the serenity of everyday life.
Ngima Gelu SHERPA
Ngima Gelu Sherpa is a photographer turned writer, director, and producer. In 2018, he received a full Erasmus Plus scholarship to do a Masters in Film Direction at Kino Eyes, involving stints in Lisbon, Edinburgh, and Tallinn. His debut documentary short film 'Home' premiered at Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen 2021, where he was awarded the Prize of Ecumenical Jury – Honorable Mention. He is currently developing his debut documentary feature.