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Lucas Millard/Kate Stryker | 2020 | 82 MINS
USA | Subtitles
A new road threatens a mountain community in Lucas Millard and Kate Stryker’s gently observational documentary.

In Detail

Every winter Mikma and her family travel by foot from their village deep in the Himalayas of Nepal to sell local medicinal plants in urban markets.

This year, construction of a new highway to China has begun in their roadless valley, and things are never going to be the same. Mechanical diggers gouge chunks out of the hillside while the locals look on, concerned about the fate of an elderly neighbour’s potato plot. The inevitable collision between progress and tradition dominates the film. It's beautifully observational, catching wonderful details of daily life along with the sparky personalities of the people on screen as they make their annual migration.

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