This is a story of a 17-year-old boy named Hari Rai, who lives in a small village in the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal, and his extraordinary journey. Hari is a student. However, he also ...
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This is a story of a 17-year-old boy named Hari Rai, who lives in a small village in the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal, and his extraordinary journey. Hari is a student. However, he also works as a porter so that he could pay for his tuition and cover his living expenses. Although very young, he already has three years of experience carrying loads up and down the mountain, mostly tourists' backpacks. This time, he gets a job to carry a huge red refrigerator from the top of the mountain, to the nearest town. We follow Hari Rai on his journey through the fascinating Himalayan landscapes, we discover Hariâs inner life, his thoughts, hopes and dreams and we also get to know the culture and the local peopleâs way of life in this region. We learn about their relation with the most important aspects of their lives: family, nature and religion. Out of 60,000 child porters in Nepal, Hari is one of the few lucky ones to have a chance of going to school. We can see what it takes for him to ... Written by
Lucian Muntean and Natasa Stankovic
An excellent documentary following the journey of a 17 year-old porter as he carries a broken coca-cola refrigerator from a small village high in the Himalayas to the city for repairs. During the course of the trip, we learn of his family, hear of the barriers to education in rural Nepal, meet folks in small villages, and learn about porters who can carry up to 200 lbs on their backs to get by, shuttling goods from town to town and the backpacks of tourists. Beautifully shot and edited, the film never gets too heavy (no pun intended) but is a great slice of life with humor and a message. The subject of the film is an admirable person, with great ambitions and seeming abilities, but limited due to his poverty. I hope this gets to a wider audience.
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