I have been working at Threshold Studios for more than 20 years and every year our work hasn’t ceased to surprise me. We’ve met and worked with some legendary people, we’ve delivered some incredible projects, and even now our journey throws us into unbelievable situations.
Our Camara Chica project is one of these. In partnership with British Council and Into Film, Threshold and Suited and Booted in Bath have created four community-based media hubs in Venezuela, eleven or more in Cuba, and now, with Hafsah from Working Class in Manchester and Mark from Natural Theatre in Bath, a further twelve in Nepal.
That’s where I am right now. Nepal!
Last week I worked with young people from the Shikharapur Community School; an inspirational town where everyone works together to overcome the hardships of daily life and rebuild after the recent earthquake. They have sustainable earthquake-resistant houses built of mud, straw, hair and discarded bottles. They promote and teach sustainable agriculture to a new generation of farmers. They employ solar power. Their school, built in nine months, has a great view over the valley to the distant mountains. It was built to replace the one the earthquake destroyed. Thankfully, the earthquake hit on a day when the children weren’t at school.
Next week I work in central Kathmandu, and then its off to the tea houses in the east for my third group.