Playing with Nan # 161

Playing with Nan

09:15, Friday 14th June, CMB 3

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  • Director/Anthropologist: Dipesh Kharel, Asami Saito
  • Year of Release: 2012
  • Duration: 88 mins
  • Country of Production: Nepal
  • Location: Nepal/Japan
  • Ethnic Group: Nepali
  • Language: Nepali (English)

Playing with Nan is the story of a young Nepali man who migrated to work in a Nepali restaurant in northern Japan. The film explores his daily life at work and his family at home, which reflects socio-cultural problems related to globalization. Twenty-eight years ago, Ram was born in a rural village in Nepal. Working on the farm Ram saw little hope apart from surviving in poor conditions. One day he decided to escape from the village and poverty. In Kathmandu he worked for 12 years at several restaurants. However, he could not change the family’s situation. He heard a beautiful story from a broker about the work and earning opportunities in Japan. He paid the broker US$ 20,000 to buy a work visa to enter in Japan. He borrowed the money from his relatives and friends with the commitment of paying them back later with 20 % interest. Several dramatic consequences occurred within Ram’s life and his family’s after his migration to Japan.

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