Saturday, 29 December 2018

Purna Pariyar's Short Film When Will Our Heart Change

Posted by Dhruba Shrestha December 30, 2018 :
When will Our Hearts Change? 2018 is a true story based on Purna Pariya’s childhood memories of growing up in a small Nepalese village. It relives the misfortunes suffered by Mulya Lato, a mute, and the stigma of being socially unacceptable within Nepalese society, even when he tries to help within his community. According to Nepalese culture mutism is considered a symptom for bad luck and mutes are openly shunned to avoid their bad luck being passed on. As a result, they are excluded from earning a living, attending places of worship and social interaction. Directed by Khamesh Shrestha and shot entirely on location at Purna’s home village of Khasur, on the popular Annapurna region trek. The cast includes many of the village’s own residents experiencing their first time on camera and is backed by traditional Nepalese songs sung by Prawjol Bhitrikoti. The film is in Nepalese dialect with English subtitles. According to Purna, ‘When Will Our Hearts Change?’ is a story close to his own heart, not only made in the memory of Mulya, who was ostracised from Purna’s village and eventually went missing, but as a commentary on his own ostracization suffered due his low position in an outdated caste system. Purna, who portrays Mulya in the film, uses his own experiences and empathy to present a story to highlight a social issue within Nepalese society that is also leads the viewer to consider how they treat other people within their own societies and cultures.

Guide of the month: January 2018

Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.

Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.

Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.