Young filmmakers shed light on mental health crisis during the lockdown

NL Today

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Kathmandu: Act Alliance Nepal Forum and its members Cordaid, Dan Church Aid  and Lutheran World Federation jointly hosted a video screening on Friday in Kathmandu. 

The video screening was a culmination of ACT Alliance’s ‘Short video competition’ on the theme of ‘Covid-19 and Mental Health’, where young storytellers and videographers were invited to submit short videos on mental health, the organizer said in a statement. 

The event was a joint effort by the Act Alliance Nepal Forum and its members Cordaid, Dan Church Aid and Lutheran World Federation, it said. This competition was organized by ACT under ‘ACT Alliance’s Joint Response to the second wave of Covid-19 Project’.

According to the organizer, the competition gave a platform to young storytellers and videographers to submit short videos on different topics.

The event focused on how and in what ways Covid-19 affected the mental health of youths, and how it added to the already mounting stress faced by the everyday people. 

Bikash Tripathi, a resident of Pokhara, bagged the first prize of Rs 60000 for his video titled ‘FRASTU’. Tripathi, who is also known as Riyaz Natakkar, made the video on how the pandemic added strain on young students attempting to go abroad for studies, who have had to suddenly adjust to these uncertain times with their future on the line.

The second prize of Rs 40,000 was awarded to Majul Bajracharya for her video ‘Anxious Lockdown’. The third prize of Rs 30,000 was taken by the video ‘Toothache’ by Mira Khadka. Meanwhile, Bibidh Chalise and Prasiddha Shakya received the Rs. 5000 consolation prizes for their video titled ‘White Room’.  

Country Director of Cordaid Nepal Mr. Bidyanath Bhurtel voiced his desire for and pledge towards further amplifying the voices of the younger generation through ACT Alliance. Juha Valta, Country Director of Felm Nepal, expressed the hope that it would be the first of many initiatives where ACT Alliance collaborates with young creatives.