I was fortunate to attend a screening of Ningwasum in Vancouver organised by the Himalaya Program at the University of British Columbia, where I teach. During the question-and-answer session that followed the screening, Limbu confirmed that while the film was shown during the Kathmandu Triennale in March 2022, it is not on general release. As of writing, two international galleries and museums have acquired Ningwasum, where the film will be curated and exhibited over time, and others are slated to follow. While I fully understand and appreciate the financial need for such exclusivity, I only wish that more people—particularly in Nepal—could have the experience of watching this extraordinary rumination on culture, language, heritage and our collective future.
If you can find a way to experience Ningwasum, even just the trailer which is freely available online, you will not be disappointed. Political and passionate, this film is a cry for recognition and respect—not for help—an assertion that Cherokee scholar and intellectual, Daniel Heath Justice, so poignantly refers to as “imagining otherwise.”
Mark Turin is an anthropologist and linguist currently based in Vancouver, Canada. He is a regular contributor to the Nepali Times and the Director of the Digital Himalaya Project.
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