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Royal Geographical Society

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Enjoy specially selected films from America's most prestigious mountain film festival. Telluride Mountainfilm is a documentary film festival that showcases non-fiction stories about environmental, cultural, climbing, political and social justice issues that matter. Films will be introduced by Ben Ayers, dZi Foundation Nepal Country Director.

The full programme is to be confirmed but includes the European premiere of The Last Honey Hunter (illustrated). In the mist-shrouded mountains of Nepal’s Hongu River valley, the Kulung people carve their lives out of the land and practice an ancient form of animism structured around the god Rongkemi. There you will find a wiry and unassuming man named Mauli Dhan Rai, who is believed to be chosen by the gods for the perilous rite of honey harvesting. The task, which involves climbing rope ladders up sheer cliffs to cut down combs made by the world’s largest honeybee (before collecting the poisonous honey within), is extraordinarily dangerous. But it’s a spiritual pursuit soaked in myth that the Kulung believe taps directly into the gods. And with roads, technology and market forces, it may not be around for long. This film, a 2016 Mountainfilm Commitment Grant winner directed by Ben Knight, puts a spotlight on a remarkable practice under threat of modernity.

The Exhibition Road entrance at the Royal Geographical Society will open to the audience at 6.00 pm with a cash bar in the Map Room (there will also be an interval bar).

The Best of Telluride Mountainfilm Fesitval is a joint fund-raising event in aid of dZi Foundation dZi.org and Community Action Nepal canepal.org.uk.

For more information contact Denise Prior by email deniseprior@canepal.org.uk / call 07986 372558



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