This is a freshly subtitled film made early in the project in which Jeewan Jal participants met with women from women's groups in Patan to discuss stories linked to memory, folklore, health and hope and water in Patan. Participants created clay pieces to remember the day and the discussions. Translation by Shristhi Vaidya
This is a film of our day in Lele, from where much of the water in Patan flows from. It is a sacred site in a quiet village an hour outside of the city. One of the community medical advisors lives there and helped us arrange some traditional Newar food and we met with the local priests who told us more about the stories linked to the site. We played our game 'Nags and Makars' a board game based on snakes and ladders in which the mystical animals linked to water help us or hin
This poetic piece was made independently by Ragendra with the help of footage he recorded during the project. It encapsulates the overarching issue explored by 'Jeewan Jal': the growing disconnect between people and water (that which is part of us), and so, perhaps, it also traces a fracture in our relationship with ourselves.
The term 'stop motion' seems to contradict the degree of motion and emotion that went into creating these two pieces. The first was made on a bandha day. With the roads closed due to political protesting, only four participants managed to make it this day. With lower numbers, however, we were able to get deeply involved in making. We thought through the stages of a storyline around one of our key characters from the play, the brother of Maya (our heroine), Mahendra. The twin