I'm highly inspired by the film "Into the wild": Sujan Kunwar
KATHMANDU, April 7: Sujan Kunwar, 19, confidently walks into Republica wearing shorts and a cool hat with tees. Done with SLC exams, Sujan is a practical chap with high ambitions of making documentaries and films. This experimenter has been self-learning animations and special effects, too.
He is currently making a documentary on the life of a young boy who lives in Kathmandu and goes to collect Yarsagumba during weekends to fund his education. “I plan to submit this film to next year’s Kathmandu International Film Festival but I’m still looking for sponsors,” he added.
He shared some of his struggles, mischief and further plans with Bandana Shah:
What brought you to Kathmandu?
Our family conditions in Syangja aren’t good. I tried to escape from home when I was 10but I was caught. Then I tried again the same next year and was caught again. The next year I was successful in running away to Pokhara. I was thrilled by the city atmosphere.
For two years I enjoyed myself volunteering in a film being shot there. I met a foreigner who was ready to take me to his place in Kathmandu where he supported the living of similar boys like me.
He took me home and cleared things up with my parents about my dreams and future. Thereafter, I came to Kathmandu when I was 14 years old.
How did you get into filmmaking?
The foreigner sponsored my living so I didn’t have pocket money. So my friends and I made a documentary on climate change with a digital camera and submitted it to the British Council’s Climate Change Competition. We didn’t even make it to the top 10. I was only 16 and our budget for the film was very low but nevertheless we gained experience and the courage to do similar things again.
My documentary titled “Goat Cutting” has given me overwhelming response. I’ve currently made over 30 videos, including documentaries, songs and presentations, which are in my Youtube.
Do family and peers support you?
My family says that it’s my life and I should live it according to my choice as I’m mature enough for that. My peers and seniors praise my work and encourage me.
What about education?
I never wanted to study. I’m just not interested. I gave SLC because my peers forced me. I’ll take up mass communication in Plus Two and later study direction in the college of film studies. I’m also interested in VFX, visual effect in films and animations, which I’ve been learning from Youtube since we don’t have such institutions here.
I’ll study for the sake of a degree but it really bores me. I don’t think being educated will really affect my personality.
How do you visualize your future?
I want to work here but I would definitely take up the learning opportunities abroad. I want to be in journalism, photography, animation and filmmaking. I’m also interested in VFX.