”Hearts In The Himalayas is a documentary project over three years in the making by the award-winning humanitarian photojournalist. In the film, HHC volunteers, led by co-founder Anil Parajuli and his dedicated Nepalese staff, endure harsh conditions and treacherous terrain during a trek to bring much needed medical and dental care to people living in the remote Dhading region of the Himalayas. The film integrates footage shot during an Everest-size expedition fraught by challenges with a powerful narrative as Parajuli takes the viewer into the brutal conditions the villagers face everyday.
“I am honored and humbled that my peers have recognized our work. It is a win, not only for me and my team, but also the HHC volunteers and the people of Nepal, “ said Lang. “The Best Shorts Award of Merit reinforces our decision to showcase the truly inspiring stories of this Nepalese humanitarian organization.” Insisting the film be portrayed from the Nepalese perspective, Lang said she took great care to ensure the villagers were presented in a dignified and respectful manner. “It took great time and patience for the villagers to trust me with their stories and it really underscores the impact HHC has made in this region. The film not only shows the great work of the volunteers, but allows the viewer to experience what life is like in the Himalayas, as well as meet the people HHC is helping.”
This is the fifth international award the film has received since its premiere in September of 2012.
A list of the 2012 winners can be found at http://www.bestshorts.net.