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KUSUNDA: SPEAK TO AWAKEN

Felix Gaedtke & Gayatri Parameswaran

Germany/Nepal/ Switzerland/Sweden/Taiwan, 2021 / 21 min / OV Nepali, Kusunda, English / Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality Pavilion

Kusunda is a voice-driven virtual reality experience that explores what makes a language fall asleep and what it takes to awaken one. Kusunda shaman Lil Bahadur has forgotten his indigenous mother tongue. His granddaughter, Hima, wants to revive it. Most languages at threat belong to indigenous communities such as Kusunda in Nepal. Narrated by its co-creators—Kusunda shaman Lil Bahadur and his granddaughter Hima—Kusunda contrasts two generations set apart by their lifestyles and brought together by the struggle for their indigenous identity. Lil Bahadur, who led a traditional hunter gatherer lifestyle for 40 years, lost his mother tongue when he moved to settle in the village. 

 

Screenings
Neimënster OV Nepali, Kusunda, English Public
Awards
  • Storyscapes Award, Tribeca Film Festival, 2021
  • Best Documentary Experience, Raindance Immersive, 2021
  • Best Heritage Experience, Crystal Owl Awards, 2021
Cast & Credits
Cast 
Yan Balistoy, Offir Limacher, Johannes Voges, Corinne Soland, Gayatri Parameswaran, Oliver Sahli, Ferhat Türkoğlu, Kristina Jungic
Screenplay 
Hima Kusunda, Lil Bahadur Kusunda
Cinematographer 
Felix Gaedtke, Gayatri Parameswaran, Aditya Thakuri
Montage 
Mia von Kolpakow
Sound 
Mads Michelsen, David Segal, Joakim Johansson
Music 
Mads Michelsen, Hima Kusunda
Production 
NowHere Media, INVR.space, Fasad, Poké Poké Creative