“Wastemandala” one-off documentary by Alessandro Bernard and Paolo Ceretto
produced by Zenit Arti Audiovisive in association with Docabout

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About Wastemandala

In the collective imaginary, Nepal is a land of pristine nature, temples and sacred sites. Few people are acquainted with the other side of the picture: a land devastated by plastic and rubbish generated by mass tourism and the rapid spread of consumption in a civilization that is still archaic. Starting in 2011, a group of volunteers began gathering the trash abandoned on the peaks of the Himalayas and in Nepal’s sacred areas. They are known as the Green Soldiers, an army led by Achut Gurung, who, like a Bollywood version of Don Quixote, battles the mountains of plastic under which indifference, scorn, ignorance and, above all, a gradual and inexorable loss of cultural identity are hiding.

Today, after years of collecting garbage, the Green Soldiers want to leave a lasting mark, reappropriate an ancient symbol and reconstruct harmony and beauty, starting from something that is universally considered waste. On May 3, 2014, in the center of one of Kathmandu’s most sacred squares, after countless hardships, radio and television announcements, glitches, and authorizations and blessings that never arrived, the Green Soldiers created an enormous Mandala, made not of sand but of plastic gathered in the four corners of Nepal. It is the symbolic beginning of change that not even the terrible earthquake which hit in April 2015 will be able to cancel.

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Festival&Events

10/09/2015
ITALY (Turin)
11/17/2015
ITALY (Collegno - TO)
11/27/2015
AUSTRIA (Innsbruck)
12/17/2015
Italy (Turin)
04/15/2016
Firenze (IT)
05/22/2016
TIRANA (Albania)
06/01/2016
BUENOS AIRES (Argentina)
07/19/2016
SAN VITO LO CAPO (ITA)
07/21/2016
Ludwigsburg (GE)
07/30/2016
Valtournenche e Breuil Cervinia (ITA)

Credits

Produced by Zenit Arti Audiovisive in association with Docabout and Rai Radiotelevisione italiana  -RAI3 and with the support of Piemonte Doc Film Fund – Fondo Regionale per il documentario

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Written and directed by: Alessandro Bernard and Paolo Ceretto

With: Achut Gurung, Lama Tasi, Janak Bhatta alias Monkey Man, Harisharan Lamichhane, Kiran Man Chitrakar, Doga Bahadur Dahal, Mika Takagi, Aashish Adhibari, Parsu Ram Panta, Safala Maiya Rajbhamdani, Tasi School of Kathmandu Kids

Produced by: Massimo Arvat, Alessandro Bernard

Line Producer: Francesca Portalupi

Photography: Paolo Ceretto

Editing: Alessandro Bernard

Sound Design: Vito Martinelli

Color correction, Post Production and Effects: Emanuele Segre – I Cammelli s.n.c.

Graphics: Carlo Zummo – LaChimica Design

Web Design: Massimo Schiro

Photos: Valentino Colombo
www.valentinocolombo.cominfo@valentinocolombo.com

Website photo: Lwp Kommunikáció – Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Ⓒ Zenit/DocAbout 2015

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