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Powerful medium of documentary



KATHMANDU: The Nepal Tourism Board and Film Himalaya jointly organised a programme to felicitate Michael Dillon AM, Australia’s renowned cinematographer and maker of adventure and expedition documentaries on March 23 at NTB, Pradarshani Marg.

Inspired and attracted by the movie Conquest The Everest, Dillon came to Nepal in 1972 to see Everest and started making documentaries on the Himalayan journey. He has already made 15 documentaries on the Himalayas.

“Documentaries are powerful medium to promote tourism as millions of people watch them all around the world and have an impression of a country. I too was attracted by Mount Everest when I saw it in the movie and had a strong urge to visit the country once in my life. People might feel the same and I am sure that this helps in promoting tourism,” shared Dillon.

Dillon’s documentary Everest Sea to Summit was also screened during the event. The 20-minute documentary features Tim Macartney-Snape’s summit expedition. On February 5, 1990, Snape set out from the Bay of Bengal with his wife Dr Ann Ward, who accompanies him to the base camp and he heads to climb Mount Everest from thereon. This documentary showcases the problems and challenges one has to face while climbing mountains. There is an avalanche, he gets cut out of communication due to snow fall, the extreme weather is difficult to cope with but despite all these, he conquers the summit and makes one believe that come what may, your determination can lead you to a ‘height’.


If the The Nepal Tourism Board is so much interested in it: why didn't they get involved in the well known Himalaya Film Festival? The festival screened hundreds of of films on Nepal in The Netherlands, USA, and Japan and opened the route of the Nepalese filmmakers to other, more general, film festivals. Krishna Dixit, Tokyo

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