CARE-backed documentary on HIV/AIDS in Nepal wins film festival prize


The name Kathmandu sounds like Kadamandu, but the similarities between these two cities in Nepal largely ends there. The former is the country's million-person national capital and a centuries-old hub of culture and commerce. Kadamandu is tiny and remote. Situated in the mountains of remote, far-western Nepal, it is home to only 4,000 people.

On sight, you wouldn”t realize it, but the big city Kadamandu has the most in common with is Mumbai.

Eager to find work to support their families, the men of Kadamandu often leave the village to find work. Three-quarters of them go to India. Tragically, money isn't the only thing the men are bringing back from Mumbai. Separated from their families, many of the men visit brothels. As a result, they're also bringing sexually transmitted diseases to Kadamandu. More than 70 people in Kadamandu have died of HIV/AIDS. As the number of men going to India for work has increased, so has the number of infections, bringing added misery to this already very poor town.

With the help of CARE Nepal, director Ramesh Khadka has produced an award-winning a documentary about what”s happening to the village and how CARE Nepal is responding. “Kadamandu’ is an unflinching look at the misery HIV/AIDS has wrought on the community, as well as the bleak economic conditions and severe gender inequality that underpin this tragedy. Last month “Kadamandu’ won the award for best documentary at the Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival.

A trailer for "Kadamandu" is on YouTube and embedded below. An especially powerful scene begins at the two-minute mark.