The department hosted the world premiere of the new ethnographic documentary film Facing the Mountain. It was a real pleasure to be able to introduce the film and the film’s producer and co-director, Vaibhav Kaul. I’m lucky enough to be supervisor to Vaibhav, and it was so affecting to see what I had learned from discussing his experiences in the field, and of the people and place he has encountered through his fieldwork, rendered into a beautifully shot and constructed film. It was a real honour for the department to host the premiere, before the film heads off for showings at more than 20 film festivals, from Kendal to Kathmandu.
The film, which Vaibhav co-directed with film maker Ross Harrison draws on Vaibhav’s PhD research with communities in the Indian Himalayas vulnerable to major geo-hydrological hazards made more serious by the effects of climate change. His PhD is funded by a University of Sheffield Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship, and his fieldwork had additional support from the Royal Geographical Society. There’s more on the film at facingthemountain.com