Filmmaker And Survivor Of Nepal Earthquake Shares His Experience Through Documentary

Posted on November 10, 2016 in Video

By Jayrajsinh Chavda:

When the massive earthquake struck Nepal in April 2015, I was in Kathmandu to shoot a documentary for a psytrance music festival. When I reached on April 24, I was excited because it was my first trip to Nepal. But I had no idea how much it would change my life.

Despite the catastrophe, I remember happy moments spent on the hill. Those days taught me to live my life in the most practical ways possible. That time I finally gave in to my adventurous spirit and had a whale of a time filming everything around me. People, music, mountains, water springs, landscapes. Those were exhilarating moments. I felt I was also able to connect better with people around me. I celebrated the differences I found in them and enjoyed the similarities we shared with one another.

While travelling, we learn valuable lessons in life like how to make the best of what we have, how to adapt in difficult circumstances. As they say, there is no bigger teacher than travel. I met some beautiful people in the hills and we have formed a strong bond of friendship that I hope will last forever. I had incredible experiences, which I thought must be shared. So in this documentary, I have compiled all these stories along with my experience at the ‘hippie refugee camp’ where a lot of adventurers took refuge after the devastating earthquake at Nepal. I look at life a bit differently after coming back from Nepal, knowing how that one event has changed us. This project had begun as a documentary on music festival, it is an honour that it has transformed into a lesson.

Here’s the official trailer:

I am delighted that “Universal Religion” has been selected by NFDC Film Bazaar and I am invited to present his film to film-festival programmers, distributors, producers, world sales agents and investors at International Film Festival of India, Goa from 20-24 November.