PHARPING CULTURE SERIES: RAISING THE ROOF IN KATHMANDU

with THE PEOPLE OF PHARPING, NEPAL

A MOJOTOONS PRODUCTION, 2007

Director: Jerry Barrett
Runtime: 18 min.


Modernity and tradition meet in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal where houses are constructed with a blend of modern materials and centuries old uses of labor and technique.

Constructing a roof presents particular challenges.

Made of concrete, the roof must be poured non-stop to avoid uneven hardening, which would create cracks and subsequent leaks. Apart from an electric concrete vibrator, all of the work here is done by hand.

The secret to making a good roof like this one in Pharping, near Kathmandu, is to have a large crew of men and women working in non-stop harmony throughout the day. This film is as much about them as the making of a roof.

It takes place in a single day, from dawn to dusk.


BIO: Director Jerry Barrett has recently screened his fiction feature film, OUTSIDERS, is presently doing pre-production work for a documentary feature set in Canada and Europe, and begins shooting his second fiction feature, GUN FOR HIRE, in August, 2007. He lives in Austin, Texas and Pharping, Nepal.


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