A Life with Slate

© Kharel
59 minutes / Colour / 2006
Directed by
Dipesh Kharel

Anthropologist Dipesh Kharel

Country of production Norway

Alampu is a beautiful and exceedingly remote village in Nepal. The majority of the settlers there are Thami people, one of the indigenous groups of Nepal. More than 90 percent of them have been involved in the slate production at Alampu. This film includes technical details about slate production in the mountainside mine, and how the slate is worked prior to distribution. In the film we see the social relationships, co-operation between the miners, and the intimacy of the mining families. Strong women perform the tough and arduous work alongside the men. They have to carry heavy slate loads far to sell them. The film also describes the socio-cultural life of the village and its interaction with the environment. The activities of the men and women in the mine, as well as in the village, have an almost poetic dimension.

Language and subtitles Thami with English Subtitles

Region South Asia

Country Nepal

Keywords Labour Socioeconomic conditions