The documentary ’86 centimetres…’ on Bhutan’s attempt in trying to prevent a catastrophic glacial lake outburst flood in Thorthomi, Lunana was selected as the best mountain film at the Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival on December 15, 2013. The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICMOD) in Kathmandu awarded ’86 centimetres…’, directed by Tshering Gyeltshen of TGMI and Peterjan Van Der Burgh from Netherlands and produced by bhutan+partners USD 1,000 and a certificate.
The documentary tells the story of Tashi, a young Bhutanese man from Paro, who joined a team of 350 Bhutanese workers to tame Thorthomi Lake in 2009. Tashi and friends, in a period of three months, dug a drainage system with just shovels, rope and muscle, lowered the water level by 86 cm.
A press release from ICIMOD stated that the documentary was selected, as it showcased an issue relevant to ICIMOD’s work area (GLOFs, glaciers, climate change).
“The film shows the determination of people in Bhutan to tackle issues that affect them – rather than anxiously waiting for a catastrophic event, they have taken action,” the press
release stated. The press release also stated that the support to the telling of stories like this could inspire others.
Mountain film festival is an annual ICIMOD event to celebrate and support filmmakers from ICIMOD member countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan. TGMI chief executive officer Tshering Gyeltshen said the documentary was co produced by Bhutan and partners and they are deeply honoured that their effort to spread glacial lake outburst flood and global warming messages had been recognised.
“With these recognition, I hope more people in the region and world would watch it and seriously reflect on the messages it tries to convey.”
Read the article in Bhutan’s national news paper, the Kuensel
Bhutan+partners and the directors feel honoured by this award and hope that the Bhutan government is continuously supported to minimise the threat of the effects of climate change in Bhutan