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A brand-new festival highlights Himalayan films

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From Himalayan Gold Rush

Most powerfully, she traces the struggles of a human-rights lawyer who advocates for the country's alarming number of people who've been "disappeared" by the government, including the 15-year-old daughter of another of Bridgham's subjects.

Other intriguing entries in the small but promising Himalayan Film Festival line-up include another doc about the Nepalese civil war, Beneath Everest: Nepal Reform; a doc about Tibetan athletes' attempts to earn representation at the Beijing Olympics, Leaving Fear Behind — whose director was jailed because of the film; and, among a handful of narrative works, Old Dog, about a family at odds over the treatment of their much-cherished dog (a Tibetan Mastiff, natch).

HIMALAYAN FILM FESTIVAL

Wed/15-Sun/19, $10

Various venues

www.himalayanfilmfest.com

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