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Smiles From Off The Road

Smiles From Off The Road

His video series ‘Smiles From Off the Road’ show footage of people filmed during his travels in Uttarakhand Himalayas and Kerala (India).

In 2009, another video could be added to the collection: 3 – Travels with a Hat

Smiles From Off The Road - Part 1

Smiles, laughter, innocent trust, spontaneous welcome to strangers - these are the hallmarks of people in India living ‘off the road’, and untouched by Western ‘values’.

Perhaps our crime, drug and depression-ridden Western society might have something to learn from them?

Filmed in Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, Uttaranchal Himalayas, India in June 2008, this video shows some of the most inspiring smiles you’ll ever be likely to see! (2008)

Smiles From Off The Road - Part 2 (Treasuring The Girl Child)

Despite the wonderful smiles, the girlchild in India works much harder than her brothers: fetching wood and water, caring for younger siblings.

She is given less to eat, poorer education and has a far higher chance of dying young, or being aborted as a fetus.

For the sake of smiling children - let’s treasure the girlchild!

Filmed in Uttarakhand Himalayas and Wyanad, Kerala (2008).

Smiles From Off The Road - Part 3 (Travels with a Hat)

This film was shot in a village called Juni in the Kumaon Himalayas. It sits on the edge of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve; due North there is nothing but thick forest and a jumble of 22,000 ft peaks up to the Tibetan border. The village is three hours steep walk from the nearest rough road, and a further three hours drive from the nearest main town and hospital. Juni is bypassed by any tourist/trekking traffic, and seemingly by any development projects.

Filmed in Uttarakhand, India (May 2009).

 

Screenings

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The film 'Smiles From Off The Road in India' was chosen for the 15th International Environmental Film Festival (Green Vision) which was held in St. Petersburg, Russia, 23-27 November 2010. Details about the festival...

CMS Children’s Film Festival

‘Smiles From Off The Road’ was selected for the CMS International Children’s Film Festival in Lucknow, India (7-13 April 2009).

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The jury of KIMFF (Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival) has selected ‘Smiles From Off The Road’ to be shown 10-14 December 2009.