KATHMANDU, Sept 17: A short documentary film titled “Looking the Un-eyed way”, which brings out a life of a 75-year-old blind woman from a remote village in Syangja, was released here on Monday.
The work by journalists Ankit Adhikari, Pradeep Bashyal and Kumar Paudel was screened at Sarwanam Theater, Kalikasthan on the day.
The documentary is based on Deurupa Pandey who lost her sight when she was nine-years-old. The 13-minute-long documentary presented her as someone who has overcome the life’s hardships. Pandey was married to a 59-year-old person at the age of 14 and gave birth to four sons and two daughters. Her husband died some 35 years ago and even all her children abandoned her.
Despite her blindness, she lives alone in her two-storey house and is able of doing all her works, just as a sighted person does. The documentary filmed her rearing the cattle, cleaning the house, cooking for self, mowing to feed the cattle, taking care of crops grown in her own farmland, among the chores she does.
“She is simply amazing,” said journalist Adhikari, one of the documentary makers. “During our four-day-stay with her, we never had the slightest of feeling that she can’t see at all.” The old woman doesn’t have her both eye-balls.
Speaking at the screening ceremony, Norwegian Ambassador to Nepal Alf Arne Ramslien said that the work was a true reflection of immense potential hidden within the Nepali society. “Besides, this is also an example of a true journalism that makes a sincere attempt to tell the story of an unsung hero.”