In early November of 2010, Clara email me that she is coming back to Nepal with her friend Eloïse and on the second week of December I meet Clara again after a year gap and so with Eloïse for the first time. In a conversation with Clara and Eloïse, I asked them what they are going to do in Nepal beside traveling and trekking. Eloïse told me that they are going to spend some time in a coffee farm in Begnas, she has been there before. As Clara told Eloïse about me that I do photography, so Eloïse offer me to come with them to document the process of the coffee making. To make a documentary film about the coffee farm, I always have interest in film making and I am dabbing into it too but as I am slow learner, it takes a time to hon my skill as a film maker. As for the Eloïse offer, I took it as a challenge and was ready to come with them but as my father was going with the eye operation I could not able to join them at that time but I make sure them that I will join them later after few days in a farm in Begnas.
As I promised, I was there at a farm to document the process of coffee making and life around the people involve with it. I meet some amazing people in a farm and have some new experience too. After coming back from the Begnas, I thought that we will start the post production of the documentary film but it takes lot of time and energy to do so and so for more bad news Clara and Eloïse have to return back to France. And we are out of fund for post production, what we have was very little time and little amount of money. So I suggested that why we do not put the exhibition with my photographs, Clara's painting and Eloïse's sound design. And there was the birth of the amazing exhibition "The Taste of Coffee".
After exhibition the footage that I took back in a coffee farm was inside in some layer of folders. And so do I move on with my life looking in around in new projects. But in this April, as I was clearing my hard disk, I found the "The Taste of Coffee" footage that never made into a film and so does the story of Mr. Surya Prasad Adhikari.
So as I was talking about it with a friend of mine, she suggested that to run a fund raising camping in Indiegogo.com for to complete the film, so I am here. So I request to all who are reading this to help me to complete this documentary film.
Gaurav Dhwaj Khadka
The Taste of Coffee is an experience of life lived with coffee in the farm as witnessed by three artists who set out to capture the richness of home-grown coffee beans on their canvas, microphone and camera respectively. Three artists, Clara Puddu, Eloïse Calatayud and Gaurav Dhwaj Khadka, with diverse skills and passion in their respective fields of art have highlighted the uniqueness of this rich and aromatic crop through their paintings, sound design and photography through this documentary.
However, The Taste of Coffee isn't just about coffee, it is about the people involved in the sowing and reaping of the crop. The documentary tries to draw attention to the lives of people involved in coffee farming though the chores of Surya Prasad Adhikari and his wife Saraswoti Adhikari, who run a permaculture coffee farm in Lekhnath -10, Begnas of Kaski district, Nepal. The documentary also highlights the couple's perception and contribution to conservation and improvements of local varieties of cultivation, organic farming and sustainable uses of local biological resources.
The Kathmandu Post review of the "The Taste of Coffee" exhibition.
Republic review of the "The Taste of Coffee" exhibition.
What We Need & What You Get
Funds are used in:
- Edit + Color grading
- Exhibition at Begnas
- Film Festivals fees
- Taking care of perks packets
- Indiegogo fees, credit card + paypal fees, wire transfer fees
In return for your contribution, you get some interesting stuffs related with The Taste of Coffee, see the right panel for more information. I am not sure right now if I am able to send coffee or not but if I can than I do love to send small packet of coffee too. Let's hope for good. And if you are around in Kathmandu, Nepal we can have a coffee together.
In return for your contribution, you get some interesting stuffs related with The Taste of Coffee, see the right panel for more information. I am not sure right now if I am able to send coffee or not but if I can than I do love to send small packet of coffee too. Let's hope for good. And if you are around in Kathmandu, Nepal we can have a coffee and some chat together.
If we did not reach funding goal than what ever is collect, I put it into to complete the documentary film.
This documentary is important to make because this have story of a simple man doing some extra ordinary stuff, true inspiring story of Mr. Surya Prasad Adhikari, how he changed his life and also the face of the village.
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Clara PUDDU was born in 1988 in Avignon, France. She spent six years of her childhood in Martinique, Carraibean. Clara first started drawing when she was 6 years old, which involved copying comics and various characters from books, in black and white essentially. She studied in Ecole Brousse, a drawing and graphism school for four years. During these years she did various
exhibitions in Montpellier, France. She also studied art therapy in a nurse school for 2 years.
Thanks to the art of travelling, and the knowledge of her teacher, she discovered different ways to practice: real life style and abstract using various materials and medium. For Clara, art doesn’t need any explication as everybody can find their own personal meaning. But for sure, she will be happy to explain her own process. To her, art is a real way to represent and to tell how you are
feeling. A drawing can really be different according to the mood of the artist.
Clara has also been playing guitar for 6 years now. Music helps her to find sensibility, which, she believes, clearly reflects on her paintings.
Eloïse CALATAYUD was born in 1985 in Venissieux, France. She grew up listening to world music and also gained influences from her Chilean and Mexican upbringing. Her aunt offered her a guitar when she was 12, and by 17, she was playing drums and percussions all by herself. She followed a special cinema course while in high school, and persuaded to become a film director.
She worked as a postman after high school, but soon quit her job and set out to explore Africa. She returned to France and continued her passion for music at ACFA in multimedia sound engineering, sound design and composition. She has since worked as a sound engineer for many live performances, one including that of Augistino Di Scipio, an Italian contemporary composer’s performance which moved her deeply. Inspired by her trip to Africa; she has since been
traveling to various places learning sounds, music and mixed art projects. She believes music is more about exploring and testing sounds rather than commercialization of it.
Recently she composed the sound track for a short movie in Auroville, India.
Gaurav Dhwaj KHADKA is a self taught photographer and the founder of NEPALPHOTOGRAPHY.org, which promotes photography in Nepal. Beside photography, he has interest in film making as well. Recently, a documentary film “Bigu” in which he assisted was selected for International Film Festival of Autrans in France and his short film "Khushi" was selected for second Moscars Al-Hurria Film Festival in Egypt.
He has contributed his photographs for Hamra Hajurama: Our Grandmothers, The Hole New World: Perspectives, Asian Cosmos: Auspicious Patterns of Asia and The Constant Change books. His photographs have been published in Wildlife Conservation Nepal Newsletter, The Himalayan Times, Republica, The Kathmandu Post, Karobar, Y! and Afro-Asia magazine. Apart from these, Gaurav has also participated in various photo exhibitions, online features and other photography projects.
His recent work was for Barbara Peace Foundation Nepal beside that he also have worked for Habitat for Humanity Nepal, TDH Nepal, Saathi, Change Nepal and Biswas Nepal.