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Children of the Snow Land

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The story of a group of children born in the High Himalayas of Nepal - a remote area of great natural beauty but where life is extremely tough. From just four years old, some children are sent by their parents to the capital city, Kathmandu, to a school run by a Buddhist monk in the hope that education will give them a better chance in life. For ten years or more they do not see or speak to their parents, due to the remoteness of their villages.
Now, upon graduation, aged 16, the children are making the trek home: an arduous and lengthy journey across mountains that takes them to the highest inhabited place on the planet; a faraway, off-grid land where the way of life has not changed for thousands of years, and where their parents are waiting to see children brought up in a world of mobile phones, social media and most modern conveniences. And then the earthquake strikes.
This film documents the children and their families' scary, moving, funny and humbling stories.


Type of film
Running Time
93 mins
High Definition Video
Zara Balfour, Marcus Stephenson 1st Feature
Zara Balfour, Marcus Stephenson
Executive Producer
Christopher Hird
Graham Taylor
Director of Photography
Marcus Stephenson, Mark Hakansson, Zara Balfour
Marcus Stephenson, Mark Hakansson, Zara Balfour
Chris Roe
Principal Cast
Nima Gurung, Tsering Deki Lama, Jeewan Mahatara, Sangpo Lama
Associate Producer
James Fletcher
Diary Camera
Nima Gurung, Tsering Deki Lama, Jeewan Mahatara, Sangpo Lama, Tsewang Norbu Lama, Kunsang Tsamo Lama
Film Images
©Marcus Stephenson, Mark Hakansson

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Last updated 26th March 2018

Production Company

Picture on the Wall Productions
Zara Balfour
+44 (0) 7976 694 338

Mayfly TV
Marcus Stephenson
+44 (0)7801 099 772


Taskovski Films
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