Listen to the Wind

English (subtitled), 33 min, 1999, Nepal

The setting is the Sherpa village of Khumjung, 3600 metres above sea level,  in the lap of Mount Everest.

Dawa, a quiet, gentle boy, learns about nature and life from his best friend, an old nomad with failing eyesight.

Dawa is apprehensive about going to a new school as he will have less time for his nomad friend who has expressed a desire to see the Kalma Metok, a rare white rhododendron of the higher pastures. The boy pledges to make it happen.

Other than the difficulty of finding the flower, Dawa is also bullied by a gang of boys, pressured by his parents  to secure a scholarship and rejected by a girl who had befriended him. The boys then play a cruel prank on the nomad.

In the face of such tribulations, will Dawa rise above himself?

Kesang Tseten, Tsering Rhitar Sherpa
Creative Crew
Tsering Rhitar Sherpa
Nirmal Chander
Santosh Paudel
Ang Tenba Sherpa, Nauraj Rai
Script: Kesang Tseten, Supported by Save the Children & UNICEF (South Asia Masculinity Project)