About the Film

Every September, little children come out to greet furry goats as they pass down their cobblestone streets.  The goat herders stop for a break, enjoying a hot cup of milk tea, and catching up with old friends.  But soon the men and their herd of goats continue on their way.  As the goats follow one another on the long trek through the Himalayas, they do not know that they are making this journey for one ultimate end: to be sacrificed.

Initially, the Nepali herders will congregate at the border town of Raswa Gadhi.  After purchasing their goats from the Tibetan farmers, they will begin their trek though the stunning landscape of the Langtang Himalayan mountain region.

Each herder will escort their fuzzy friends through remote mountainside villages, perilous high elevation passes and across makeshift bridges, high above the rumbling Trishuli River.  After nearly seven days of laborious trekking the herders will load the goats onto buses and transport them to Khalimantan market, in the heart of the capital city, Kathmandu.

Like millions across the country do annually, Prem Aryal and his wife and two children will select and purchase their goat and begin their own journey to their hometown.  Along the way, they will meet thousands of Nepalis doing the same thing: walking with their families and their goats to their villages, where they will take part in the biggest celebration of the year, Dashain Festival!

The goats will become our guides.  And their journey allows us to experience the stunning scenery that is the Nepalese Himalayas, meet people in distant villages only accessible by foot, and get a first-hand account of the importance of the Dashain festival and its sacrificial practices.

This film was shot entirely in Nepal as we followed goats from their lives in remote Himalayan villages to their sacrificial deaths in Kathmandu.

Please visit our Official Film Website!

This film is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council.

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Responses

  1. Hi,
    next year 2011 I will travel to Nepal to work and live there for one and a half year. In that time I will teach children, be involved in women emancipation project et cetera. And I will write a book and film a documentary about the experience.
    The documentary ‘Atma, working and living in Nepal’ will give an insight in what happens when a volunteer works and lives in that country. And about what that experience means. How it influences feelings and thoughts.

    As you can imagine I am very interested to see the documentary you made. So is there any chance for me to see your documentary before I leave for Nepal early next year.

    Information about my project and the documentary can be found at the website http://atma.wordpress.com

    Kind regards,
    Alice Verheij
    writer, performer, documentary maker
    The Hague, Netherlands
    theatmaproject@xs4all.nl

    • Namaste Alice,

      Thanks for the read and write. Glad to hear that you’re headed to Nepal in 2011. You know, there are a number of books that have been written in the past 30 years by other people such as yourself. I always get great enjoyment reading about people’s experiences volunteering or working in developing countries. Are you a filmmaker as well? Or is this, perhaps, your first attempt at documentaries? Please keep us posted of all progress!

      Cheers,
      Chris

  2. Hi Chris,

    Congratulations! for the launching of your company’s web and the documentary on “Journey to Kathmandu” you are releasing in future.
    Being a nepali im happy that the glimpses of the documentary’s trailers depict a clear picture of Nepalese people lives and their faith towards God. God who can be made happy by sacrificing goats during dashain festivals.
    By the way i like the quote that states, Its good to have an end to journey towards, but its the journey that matters in the end”. which sounds like a mystery being disclosed in the end regarding the goats if im not wrong .

    Hope to get some more glimpses of the documentary in future.

    All the very best for the successful release of the documentary

    Yug maya Rai

    • Yug Maya Rai! Namaste!

      So good to hear from you and thank you for your kind and supportive words. I am eager for this film to be finished as well. I will let you know as soon as I’ve got a better idea.

      Sister Tom Rai has little babu coming soon, eh? I cannot wait for this. “Uncle Hanuman” will rejoice!

      Namaste,
      Chris aka Uncle Hanuman


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