As the old year comes to a close and the new year begins, we are hopeful that 2016 will be a year of fulfillment for the film. To mark the passage of time we are unveiling the new title for our film. Baato - when translated directly from the Nepali - means 'road' but can also mean 'path' or 'way' or 'street' or 'passage' or 'alley' or 'trail.' Before the advent of the paved road, the walking path was called 'baato' and after the pavement comes the road will still be referred to as 'baato'. It seems a fitting name for the film and reflects our desire to allow the film to give voice to a very underrepresented population.
We are very excited as the film moves forward in the editing room - it is looking fantastic and we are still discovering some wonderful moments as we pour over the hundreds of pages of transcripts.
road through Pathibhara, will become part of the highway when the bridge over the Arun River is completed a couple miles to the south
I sign off with a fun fact - the Nepali new year begins in springtime - the middle of April to be precise. The Nepali calendar has 12 months of 29 to 32 days each, with each beginning around the middle of the month (of the west's Gregorian calendar.) New Year in Nepal this year falls on April 13th. The new Nepali year will be 2073.
Happy new year!