Documentary by Irish Research Council-funded scholar to be showcased at the Irish Film Institute

Takasera, a documentary film by Matjaz Pinter and Eva Pivac, has been selected by the Irish Film Institute for its prestigious ‘Irish Focus’ series, and will be screened at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, 31 January 2017. Filmmaker Matjaz Pinter is an Irish Research Council-funded scholar at the Maynooth Anthropology Department. Matjaz's research in Western Nepal has a distinctive visual anthropology component – thus, he will be making a full length ethnographic film as well as writing a conventional doctoral dissertation.

According to Sunniva O’Flynn of the Irish Film Institute, 'Takasera, a village in Western Nepal, is settled on a hill above an ancient lakebed, composed of hundreds of tightly interwoven houses, giving an appearance of a giant buzzing beehive. Surrounded by mountains and connected only by a dead-end dirt road, it leads a life of its own. To the outside world it may seem an isolated and forgotten place, but Takasera is in fact the centre of Kham Magar culture and a former Maoist stronghold that played an important role in the Maoist revolution that ended a decade ago. This gently-paced observational documentary follows the everyday life of the village'.

The screening will be introduced by Chandana Mathur of Maynooth University.