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A World Unseen

A World Unseen
Thursday, March 30, 2006
By Sohale Vu ’07

Film FestivalThe opportunity to experience another culture can be moving and eye-opening. The convenience to not even have to leave your home (in this circumstance, the campus) to experience the sights, sounds and traditions of another culture is incomparable. On Thursday night March 29th, the International Club and Film Club held a joint viewing of the critically acclaimed film Himalaya by French director Eric Valli in the Parents and Friends room.

To open up the night, the members of the International Club cooked traditional meals from Nepal and India, such as curry chicken and momo’s (traditional Tibetan dumplings), to serve to all of the eager guests that came to watch the film. Once everyone had prepared their plates and found their seats, the film began to transport its audience to a world 13,000 miles away. Himalaya is a story of the Dolpo tribe in the Himalaya Mountains in Nepal facing the recent death of their chief. With his only heir being his young son, the late chief’s aged father assumes his son’s position, skeptical that his son’s best friend may have killed him. The Dolpo depend on trading salt from the mountains for wheat in the city and the only way to get from their village to the city is to take a journey that lasts for weeks in grueling, torturous, and yet pristine environments. The film exhibits the journey that the tribe undertakes that tests friendship, trust, and faith in the supernatural power of the worldly elements.

The audience was captivated and their responses and interests were even more rewarding to the work that the International Club and Film Club had done to put on such a spectacular presentation. I can only hope that we have more presentations like this one will attract the same kind of interest of world diversity in the student body.

Menu from the Internationa Club:

1) Basmati Rice
2) Chicken Curry (Bases on Indian/Nepalese recipe)
3) Cauliflower Vegetable (For vegetarians)
4) Potato Pickle (Spicy)
5) Steamed Dumplings (MOMOS – Tibetan/Nepalese specialty)
6) Jamaican Drink – The Easy Cooler

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