Ithaca, NY (PRWEB) September 17, 2010
In the misty foothills of India's Himalayan mountain range, sits an isolated village called Malana. Throughout the village's long history, it has always remained fiercely independent from the outside world. Today, this is changing with construction of a road up the once remote Malana valley. The road brings with it promises of new opportunities and development, but it also brings the unknown. Will the Malanese be able to preserve their unique culture, or will it be swept away by the forces of globalization?
Shot on location in India, "Malana: Globalization of a Himalayan Village", a documentary short directed by brothers Jesse and Jeremy Veverka, examines this question. The film looks at the effects of globalization including the pressures of the modern drug trade on this once idyllic hamlet now most widely known for its “Malana Cream” hashish. The film will hold its world big-screen debut on Sunday, September 19, 2010 at DOCUTAH Southern Utah International Documentary Film Festival in St. George, Utah, at 1:30 PM.
The film features interviews with pre-eminent Malana expert Virendra Bangroo at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi, India and local Himalayan guide Chappu Negi. The film was funded in part by the South Asia Program at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
Malana: Globalization of a Himalayan Village is distributed by Veverka Bros. Productions LLC and is available on amazon.com.