Ghost Villages of Himalayas

(Kumaoni/2019/16 mins)  Kuldeep Sah Gangola

19-May-2019 | | The Gulmohar hall

Synopsis: 89 year old Ammaji lives alone in a nearly abandoned ghost village in the strikingly beautiful Himalayas of Uttarakhand, India. Like most of the younger generation, her children have moved to far away cities for jobs. But Ammaji refuses to leave her home, the only place her soul is happy, even in the face of encroaching leopards, relentless loneliness and raw, harsh conditions. She is invited to attend a village ceremony and she embarks on a tough journey and makes her way to the temple. On the day of the ceremony a leopard marks its gritty presence by killing a cow in the village.

Cinematography: Jack Zylstra & Kuldeep Sah Gangola

Editing: Kuldeep Sah Gangola

Producer: New York Film Academy

Director Bio: 89 year old Ammaji lives alone in a nearly abandoned ghost village in the strikingly beautiful Himalayas of Uttarakhand, India. Like most of the younger generation, her children have moved to far away cities for jobs. But Ammaji refuses to leave her home, the only place her soul is happy, even in the face of encroaching leopards, relentless loneliness and raw, harsh conditions. She is invited to attend a village ceremony and she embarks on a tough journey and makes her way to the temple. On the day of the ceremony a leopard marks its gritty presence by killing a cow in the village.

Age Limit: UA

Festivals & Awards: Audience Critic Award For Best Short Film, NYFA Film Festival, New York