‘Himalayan Meltdown’ wins prize at Worldfest International Film Festival

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The United Nations Development Programme-produced film “Himalayan Meltdown” won the prestigious Platinum Award in the broadcast documentary category at the 45th annual Worldfest International Film Festival, the oldest independent film festival in the world.

The one-hour film examines the shrinking glaciers of the Himalayas and the effects they have on the lives and livelihoods of billions of people in Asia. The movie illustrates solutions, small and large, simple and technologically complex, for coping in a changing environment that can make the difference between survival and disappearance.

“Revealed: The Himalayan Meltdown” aired on Discovery Channel Asia last year, and was produced by UNDP and the Texas production company Arrowhead Films to examine the impacts that the glacial ice melt on communities in Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India and Nepal.

“We wanted to make this movie because the glacial ice melt in the Himalayas is already altering lives and could potentially affect billions of people,” said UNDP communications adviser for Asia Pacific and “Himalayan Meltdown” executive producer Cherie Hart.

See announcement on UNDP website

Worldfest website

SOURCE: UNDP, indiawest.com (23/4/2012, 9/05/2012)

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