HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists is organising a nationwide environmental and sustainable development film festival from next week, the organisers said today.
Documentary films from Nepal, India, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and the Philippines focusing on environment, sustainable development and education will be screened during the festival.
“There are many issues which have not caught the eye of the mainstream media. At this, point we need to raise awareness among the masses on environmental and developmental issues,”said Rajesh Ghimire, general secretary of the forum.
The documentaries will be screened in five locations –– Ilam, Itahari, Chitwan, Bardia and Surkhet. The festival will kick off on June 18 in Ilam and the finale is to take place in Surkhet, two weeks later.
The organisers said that festival would be organised every year from now on and their goal would be to take the festival to other parts of South Asia in future.
“It is a challenge to organise such a film festival on such a theme. We hope to help communities learn about environmental problems and their solutions,” said Sushil Mainali, director at Audio Visual Department of the forum.
Various local institutions will participate in the festival, which will highlight issues of environment and sustainable development in various parts of the world.