MONTROSE - Western Colorado Friends of the Himalayas hosts a very short annual meeting Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Aquatic Center meeting room, 25 Colorado Ave., in Montrose, at 2 p.m.
The meeting will be followed by the screening of a family-friendly double feature with free admission, of two award winning documentaries, both set in Nepal. Information about the Friends’ projects will be on display.
The first film, titled Journey of a Red Fridge, follows 17-year-old Hari Rai, who works as a porter to sustain himself and pay for his education. He is hired to carry a bright red Coca Cola refrigerator to a repair shop in the nearest town, which requires a journey of four days. As he walks past villages and temples, in the shadows of the highest mountains on earth, he meets friends and relatives along the way and reflects on his life and his hopes.
Amusing and sobering at the same time, this story tells of the harsh living conditions on the other side of the globe, of child labor and poverty, but it also shows the incredible strength and resilience of these high mountain people, their quick, open smiles and generous hospitality, amidst the stunning beauty of their land.
An even more remote corner of Nepal, the former kingdom of Mustang, is the setting for the second film, called Mustang – Journey of Transformation. A transformation of the people – Tibetan Buddhists by their roots and traditions – takes place as Western restoration experts help them bring their beautiful, but now decrepit old temples back to their original glory. As the Western helpers turn into friends, traditional temple dances are practiced again; pride and hope return; friendships grow and old customs are remembered and celebrated. The whole village feels rejuvenated.
Both films were shown at Mountainfilm in Telluride in 2009; the organizers thank Mountainfilm for their generous help with this afternoon of film.
Please contact Val Burnell at 970/249-8872 for more information.