Film Southasia 2022 was held in from April 21 to April 24 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The 13th iteration of the biennial festival of Southasian documentaries also marked the 25th year of the festival’s existence. The festival took place at Yala Maya Kendra and Patan Higher Secondary School Auditorium in Patan Dhoka, Lalitpur. Film Southasia ‘22 featured 71 films from eight countries, six engaging and topical panel discussions, and an exhibition – Create, Collaborate, Catalyze: Reflections on Sexual Violence in South Asia.
Ayisha Abraham is a Bangalore-based installation artist and short filmmaker. She is a visual arts consultant at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design, Technology, Bangalore. She has exhibited her work widely in India and abroad. She has been interested in amateur film makers and in collecting 8mm home movies. Her short films with the found footage that she digitises and reedits include: Enroute (2011), I Saw a God Dance (2012) and Through a Dark Mine (2013).
Sumathy Sivamohan is Professor of English at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and an award winning filmmaker, theatre artist and performer. Her films Here and Now and Sons and Fathers have been screened widely. Two of her plays won the Gratiaen award for Literature in English for 2001. In 2011, she was awarded the Premchand Fellowship by the Sahitya Akademi of India.
Tsering Rhitar Sherpa
Tsering Rhitar Sherpa is a Nepali filmmaker, screenwriter and producer. Tsering studied Mass Communication at the Jamia Millia Islamia in Delhi. His 1997 film The Spirit Doesn’t Come Anymore, a documentary film profiling an old Tibetan shaman earned him the Best Film Award in Film Southasia 1997. Tsering has since made multiple feature films, Mukundo (2000), Karma (2006) and has produced other pathbreaking Nepali films such as Kalo Pothi (2015) and Seto Surya (2016).