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August 2006 - September 2007

Brandon Kohrt's initial doctorial research and case studies for documentary. Assemble Nepali and American crews. Purchase equipment, tickets and supplies.

October 2007 - December 2007
Field Production:

Robert Koenig & Scott Ippolito arrive in Nepal in Early October.

The documentary includes interviews from leading figures in Nepal and from across the globe:
  • Prachanda (Supreme Commander of the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoists)
  • Jimmy Carter (Former U.S. President and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate)
  • Ian Martin (Special Representative to the Secretary General of the United Nations and head of the United Nations Mission in Nepal, UNMIN)
  • Eddie Thomas (Head of Child Protection, United Nations Mission in Nepal, UNMIN)
  • Manjushree Thapa (Bestselling Nepali Author of works such as Forget Kathmandu and The Tutor of History)
  • Vidhya Bhandari (Parliament Member from the United Marxist Leninist (UML) Party)
  • Ganesh Man Pun (President of the Young Communist League)
  • Kunda Dixit (Publisher of The Nepali Times)
  • Kamal Shahi (President of the Maoist Student Union, ANNISU-R)
  • Representatives of major humanitarian and international non-governmental organizations in Nepal (UNICEF, Save the Children-U.S.A, International Rescue Committee, Search for Common Ground, Transcultural Psychosocial Organization)
  • And, children who have been associated with armed forces and armed groups in Nepal.
2008 - 2009

Editing, script writing, transcription of interviews, translation of Nepali interviews, website updates, art design, grant writing, fundraising and marketing. The 30-minute version of the film was completed on May 15, 2008.

May 2008
Film Festival Screenings:

30-minute documentary is completed and sent out to Film Festival.

August 2008
receives Best Documentary Short, 2008 Atlanta Underground Film Festival

October 2008
receives Best Short, Children's Advocacy, 5th Annual Artivist Film Festival

November 2008
receives Best Student Work, 2008 Society for Visual Anthropology Film Festival

October 2008
receives Best Short, Children's Advocacy, 5th Annual Artivist Film Festival
Returned is official selection at the 2008 CARE Film Festival, Johannesburg, South Africa

January 2009
is official selection at the 2009 Himalaya Film Festival, Amsterdam and The Netherlands.
Short version of Returned is distributed by Documentary Educational Resources; please go to http://der.org to order a copy of the film.

STATUS OF THE PROJECT (as of January 2009)
Filming of RETURNED began in October of 2007. We have logged over 70 hours of HD footage, including Nepali interviews, hard-to-get footage inside the Maoist cantonment camps and an exclusive interview with Prime Minister Prachanda. The educational version of Returned is completed and available for purchase at http://der.org. We have begun to edit the feature length version of the film and are planning a 2009 follow-up shoot in Nepal to revisit the child to see how their lives have changed in the last year. We anticipate completing production by the December of 2009. We continue to raise funds through generous support of people like you. To make a donation towards our continuing production efforts please click on the following link: http://nepaldocumentary.com/Support.aspx