Gyani Maiya (2019)

 ●  Nepali ● 0 hrs 35 mins

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No community can express the pain of losing an elder, especially when she was the last fluent speaker of their language. Gyani Maiya Sen Kusunda died on January 25, 2020 in Kulmor village of Dang district in western Nepal, a year and half before this documentary was filmed. From leaving behind the life of a nomad to getting married to a non-nomad to raising a family that could not speak her language, Mrs. Kusunda wished that the Kusunda language is taught to the newer generation. In her own words, "now none of the Mihaqs (Kusunda people) speak the language. The girls have got married and have left for the villages. Boys are getting married in villages. We left our language and started speaking other's language. It should be taught to others." The plot of this film follows the story of the Kusunda people - narrated by Mrs. Kusunda - who were once a nomadic community and are currently settled in villages. Over the years almost all the Kusundas have left speaking their language. Arguably the most detailed video interview of Mrs. Kusunda.

Cast: Gyani Maiya Sen Kusunda, Sanjib Chaudhary, Uday Raj Aley

Crew: Subhashish Panigrahi (Director), Subhashish Panigrahi (Music Director)

Rating: Not Rated (India)

Genres: Biography, Documentary

Release Dates: 10 Dec 2019 (Nepal)

Nepali Name: ज्ञानी मैया

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Film Type:
Documentary Feature
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Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
English (Closed Caption), English (Open Caption)
Movie Connection(s):
Dubbed into: Gyani Maiya (Kusunda)
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