The Attic Series, organized by the Attic in Lazimpat and Human Rights Film Focus Nepal, opened with a screening of Desert Flower on March 7 in honor of International Women's Day. This powerful and evocative film drew insightful responses from the audience during the post-screening discussion. It can be surmised that gender empowerment challenges remain central to human development and progress.
The Attic Series continues with Nostalgia for the Light, directed by Patricio Guzman, on Thursday, March 14. In Chile’s Atacama Desert, astronomers peer deep into the cosmos in search for answers concerning the origins of life. Nearby, a group of women, surviving relatives of the disappeared whose bodies were dumped here unceremoniously by Pinochet’s regime, search, even after twenty-five years, for the remains of their loved ones, to reclaim their families’ histories. Melding the celestial quest of the astronomers and the earthly one of the women, Nostalgia for the Light is a gorgeous, moving, and deeply personal odyssey.
The award-winning documentaries and films showcased at the Attic Series delve into many issues and concerns that are not only familiar in present-day Nepal but also unerringly relevant. Change is the only constant. However, the tides of change must bring with them respect for the past and hope for the future.