In the misty foothills of India’s Himalayan mountain range, sits an isolated village called Malana. Throughout the village’s long history, it has always remained fiercely independent from the outside world. Today, this is changing with construction of a road up the once remote Malana valley. The road brings with it promises of new opportunities and development, but it also brings the unknown. Will the Malanese be able to preserve their unique culture, or will it be swept away by the forces of globalization?
“Admirably non-judgmental, a good teaching tool.”
– Sheila Johnson, Anthropologist and Author of “The Japanese Through American Eyes”
“What makes the Veverka brothers’ documentary so poignant, aside from its wistfulness and subtly moving, often melancholy tone, is how it simply won’t let the viewer off the hook.”
– Leonard Jacobs (Clyde Fitch Report)
In the misty foothills of the Himalayan mountain range, high above the rapids of the Malana River, sits an isolated village, perched on a magnificent verdant vista, overlooking the valley below.
The people of Malana say they have lived here since the time of Alexander the Great and that their ancestors are not originally from South Asia. The language of the village, Kanashi, is unique and is not understood by residents of the nearby Kullu and Parvati Valleys.
Cut-off from the outside world, Malana’s isolation and adherence to tradition makes it a particularly Caste conscious community. It is said that when the Government of India planned to build electrical lines up to the village, the villagers refused the electricity because the lines went over low-caste houses. And so it would seem that this small hamlet will remain forever grounded in ancient tradition.
But the forces of globalization are at work to change this…
Run time: 17 minutes
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Jesse Veverka: Producer/Director
Born in Ithaca, NY, award-winning writer/producer/director Jesse Veverka has lived and worked as a filmmaker throughout Asia, including China, Japan, Korea and India. He holds an MS from Cornell University and his writings have appeared in various publications including CNNGo Tokyo and China’s Global Times. His films include Bus to Somewhere (2011, 17 minutes), China: The Rebirth of an Empire (2010, 86 minutes), Malana: Globalization of a Himalayan Village (2010, 17 min.), and Useless Stuff (1997, 34 min.).
Jeremy Veverka: Producer/Director
Originally from Ithaca, NY, award-winning writer/producer/cinematographer Jeremy Veverka holds a BA from Cornell University and is co-founder of Veverka Bros. Productions LLC based in San Francisco, CA. His photography has appeared in publications such as the Christian Science Monitor and Japan’s Metropolis Magazine. He is also a talented musical producer who has created material for clients including Armani Exchange and composed original scores for several films.