New documentary on faith, resilience and change in the Himalayas

Greetings from the Pennines!

I am delighted to say that my long-awaited Himalayan ethnographic documentary, co-directed by the brilliant Ross Harrison, is now available for free viewing on

Set in the sacred valley of Kedarnath in India’s lofty Garhwal Himalayas, Facing the Mountain explores what it means to live through disaster in a rapidly changing natural and social environment. The idea for the film was developed as part of my research into disaster risk and community resilience in changing high-mountain environments, which is supported by the University of Sheffield and the Dudley Stamp Memorial Award (administered by the Royal Geographical Society with IBG). I have included some more information here.

We are eager to get more exposure for the film and spark a conversation about how communities and countries may work together towards climate change adaptation and disaster reduction and recovery, so please let us know if there is any way you can support the publicity of the film release, such as by sharing the film link (Vimeo:, Youtube:, Facebook page: to your networks or social media, or by organising a screening. Any help will be greatly appreciated! [The truth is that I have a shoestring budget for publicity, so I am relying on individuals like yourself to share the film with a wider audience.]


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Directed by Ross Harrison and Vaibhav Kaul

Produced and researched by Vaibhav Kaul

Camera and editing by Ross Harrison

Score by Juliet Aaltonen

Language Hindi and Garhwali with English subtitles

Running time 21 minutes


Read about the film and how it was made.

Read about associated academic events at the University of Sheffield (première, research exhibition and reception | 16 November 2016), the University of Oxford (academic preview screening and discussion | 10 November 2016), and at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), London (Explore 2016: special screening and workshop discussion | 20 November 2016).

Attend international festival screenings (2016-2017).


With kind regards and every good wish,