This is a shortened version of our episode with filmmaker Deepak Rauniyar, from Season 1. It was a great interview but, admittedly, quite long. We hope this 'bonus' episode will make Deepak's words more accessible to potential listeners. Important: we did retain the original New York City background sirens :-). The original introduction follows below.
Deepak Rauniyar still feels queasy when he remembers the racism he faced growing up in Udaypur district in eastern Nepal. As one of few dark-skinned kids in the community, whose mother tongue was not Nepali, he was taunted by children and singled out for beatings by his headmaster. But as a college student looking for part-time work he soon discovered that journalism gave him the power to uncover the discrimination that pervaded life in the southern Madhesh region. He later honed those skills travelling the country writing radio dramas for BBC Media Action.
In 2010 Deepak and his wife, actress and filmmaker Asha Magarati, decided it was time to start telling stories from their own point of view, with film as their medium.
Today, Deepak and Aasha live in New York City and are finalizing the script of their next project, tentatively called The Sky is Mine. It tells the story of a fair-skinned female police officer assigned to the Madhesh in the midst of communal tensions that would soon ignite. Like all their movies, this one is inspired by personal experience, explains Deepak, adding that telling the couple’s most personal story yet can be a frightening prospect.
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