Bungadyo

 

short film, post-production, expected release 2020

A portrait of life in the town of Bungamati, Nepal, two months after the April 2015 earthquake, that counters mass media’s tendency to portray on a large-scale iconic destruction wrought by natural disasters. The impossibility of representing tragedy is suggested in fragmentary, partial views of life post-earthquake. Shot on 16mm, the film depicts in fragments those small individual and collective rituals people enact to restore a sense of normalcy, even as they inhabit makeshift bamboo shelters among the collapsing buildings of the town. An idiosyncratic film with non-sync sound, Bungadyo is a move away from my previous work's reliance on sync sound, duration, and the long-take.