In-the Library Talk: ‘The Taming of the Dragon’ and ‘A Degree of Concern’

Two short films with discussion and questions.

‘A Degree of Concern’

Mr Syed Fayaz

Syed is an award winning freelance journalist and a British Chevening Scholar. He is recipient of several prestigious international awards and fellowships. He started his career with Television Today in India for their flagship programme Newstrack and has worked with BBC, Channel 4 News, APTV, Discovery, Doordarshan, Star TV and The Sunday Times. He has received a National Award in India presented by the President of India and has also been on U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program – IVLP.

The film focuses on two interrelated themes: increasing visual and factual evidence of climate change in the Himalayas and against this backdrop, the amazing efforts of one ordinary citizen named Chewang Norphel who creates artificial glaciers to provide water for agriculture and sustenance to no less than ten villages of the Ladakh region. This film was funded by UK Environmental Film Fellowship, was broadcast on Discovery channel and has been screened in USA, Australia, Germany, Netherland, Nepal, Bangladesh, UAE and UK. It won two major film awards in India for best content and best climate change.

‘Taming the Dragon’

Sir Robert ffolkes Bt OBE

The film looks at some of the changes that development is bringing about in small mountain villages in Ladakh and speculates on what the future holds for these communities.

Sir Robert spent thirty years working for Save the Children of which twenty were in south Asia. During this time, Robert was involved with various projects with Tibetans, both those in exile and in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China as well as Buddhist communities across the Himalayas from Ladakh to Bhutan. Since he retired, Robert has continued to spend part of every year in Ladakh as well as travelling in Nepal and Tibet whenever possible.

 

11 February 2015

Where: This is an 'In-the-Library' talk to be held at the Royal Society for Asian Affairs, 1st Floor, 25 Eccleston Place, London SW1W 9NF at 6.30pm. Cash bar and nibbles are available from 6pm. Space is limited to 30 attendees, so early prior booking by telephone is essential (020 7235 5122) to avoid disappointment. Attendees who turn up without confirmed bookings may regretfully be turned away.

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