Monday, April 25, 2011

Constitution Making in Nepal

Nepal is going through one of the most important phases in its modern history -- that of making a new constitution. For many Nepalis, public consultation and inclusion will be critical factors leading to the legitimacy of the Constituent Assembly process and the credibility of the final constitution.

'Voices from Below: Constitution Making in Nepal' is a six minute preview of a longer documentary (released in April 2011) that was made for the general public. The short film seeks to convey the spirit and seriousness of the constitution-making process in Nepal. The film showcases people's voices from across Nepal, including local community leaders, villagers and CA members. It especially incorporates their hopes and dreams for the new constitution and the future of Nepal.

An initiative of the UNDP Support to Participatory Constitution Building in Nepal (SPCBN) Project and the Centre for Constitutional Dialogue (CCD), the documentary stresses the importance of ensuring a truely participatory people's Constitution. The film documents the process of the SPCBN Democracy Dialogues that were held during 2010 in all 3,915 VDCs and 58 municipalities, as well as the Federalism Dialogues in the provinces proposed by the CA State Restructuring Committee.

The documentary, 'Voices from Below: Constitution-Making in Nepal' is written and directed by the renowned and award-winning Nepali film director Tsering Rhitar. In 2000, Tsering Rhitar made "Mukundo" (Mask of Desire) which was Nepal's Official Entry for the Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film Section.

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