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Seva & Exclusive Pre-release Screening of Highway to Dhampus
April 22, 2015
Seva Canada and their mission to end avoidable blindness are the inspiration for our next event featuring an exclusive pre-release screening of Highway to Dhampus. Come learn about Seva’s work preserving and restoring eyesight, and transforming lives in 13 of the world’s poorest places — and how you can make a difference!
Seva’s groundbreaking blindness prevention work in Nepal and the Himalayas is a perfect tie-in to Highway to Dhampus. Filmed almost exclusively in Nepal, Highway to Dhampus stars Rachel Hurd-Wood as a rich socialite attempting to fix her image by volunteering at a remote Nepalese orphanage. Complex and elegant, the film raises questions about personal motives, international philanthropy, what it means to be charitable and to give, and the impacts of disparate worlds and cultures as they come into contact.
We’re thrilled to explore these ideas further with Highway to Dhampus director Rick McFarland, executive producer, Kathy McFarland and the Executive Director of Seva Canada, Penny Lyons, joining us in person for the conversation.
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Highway to Dhampus
April 22, 2015,
Doors: 6:30 PM, Show Time: 7:15 PM
Running time: 100 minutes
Heiress Elizabeth James is in the tabloids again. In an attempt to turn around her bad-girl image, she’s sent to a remote Nepalese orphanage to do charity work. Two disparate worlds collide when Elizabeth (English newcomer Rachel Hurd-Wood) is thrust into an unfamiliar world run by Laxmi, the headmistress of the small orphanage (Suesha Rana).
Elizabeth’s visit not only affects her life, but also the lives of her American photojournalist, a Nepali pilot and the orphanage headmistress. Amidst both hope and tragedy, the western-savvy bush pilot (Raj Ballav Koirala), and American photojournalist hired as chaperon (Gunner Wright) discover they too have reasons to change. As the lives of these four different worlds intersect, each learns what it means to be charitable, and to give.
This story falls between the difficult yet promising path we walk to live better, give more fully, and to love. With its lush cinematography set in the stunning Annapurna Mountains of Nepal, Highway to Dhampus is an elegant, emotionally rich exploration of the challenges and rewards in facing our deepest fears, coming to terms with our preconceptions of others, and the conflicts that arise when we’re placed in a world we don’t fully understand.
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Our April 22nd event supports the cause of Seva Canada — a Vancouver-based charitable organization dedicated to ending preventable blindness and restoring sight in the developing world.
Since its inception in 1982, Seva Canada has helped more than 3.5 million individuals in some of the poorest areas of the world to see again. Seva provides funding and expertise to partners in 11 developing countries: Nepal, Tibet, India, Tanzania, Guatemala, Cambodia, Egypt, Malawi, Madagascar, Burundi and Zambia – to deliver community and clinical eye care programs that reach the most vulnerable populations – women and children, the very poor and those living in rural areas.
Blindness and visual impairment is the seventh largest health disability in the world, but it’s solvable. 80% of blindness can be prevented or treated. Regaining sight and preventing loss of sight transforms lives. Children can go to school the next day, and many adults return to work within a week and are once again able to provide for their families. When more people are able to lead healthy, productive lives, entire communities have a chance at a better future.
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Reel Causes partners with filmmakers and Canadian causes dedicated to addressing global social justice issues. We host film screenings followed by a Q&A session to educate and inspire our community, and provide a forum for authentic conversation around the issues that affect us locally.