GULMARG - PARADISE ON EARTH
Info on the Short Film!

AUDIENCE FEEDBACK VIDEO:

  MOVIE POSTER GULMARG - PARADISE ON EARTH, 14min, Australia
Directed by Cassie De Colling

A portrait of a small once wartorn mountain village that has been discovered as a new frontier for western ski tourism. The film explores the past and the future that Gulmarg is undergoing.

Director's Statement:

Gulmarg, Paradise on Earth has been a momentous project from the beginnings. I traveled wot Kashmir originally to film a project on a NGO that was helping provide snowboards to Kashmiri youths. When I arrived in Kashmir the NGO had been abandoned and I no longer had a film. From there i decided I wasn't travelling half way around the world to not make the most of the opportunity of being in Gulmarg. I met and interviewed many people. Chased different stories, dragged my camera up and down the mountains, stood out in the night doing time-lapses and harassed people for their time to be interviewed. Initially I found a story that I persisted which was the story of a young boy who dreamt of becoming a professional snowboarder. This then became the premise for my film 'Beneath the Boarder'. With this looking like my film I returned to Kashmir the following year to resume filming. In the course of a year many things changed in my life and in Kashmir and I was unable to complete this story. So there I was in Kashmir a year later with a string of interviews and many possibilities for many different directions.

Kashmir and Gulmarg are complex places with layer of issues; human rights violations, oppression, avalanches and the struggle of being overwhelmed by western tourism. The main issue that stood out to me was the struggle between the cultures as the west has embarked on Gulmarg as the a new frontier for ski tourism. My agenda for making this film became about building awareness to the area and the cultural sensitivities of people who travel to these areas in the sake of a ski holiday with no regard to who lives there.

short films short films short films
short films short films short films


WATCH 2016 FILM FESTIVAL EVENTS and the FEEDBACK VIDEOS of EACH SELECTED FILM

ACTORDECEMBER FAMILY/ANIMATION 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from December event
ACTORDECEMBER FEMALE Directors Film Festival
Best of the Dec. 22, 2016 Fest.
ACTORDECEMBER LA FEEDBACK Film Festival - Day 1
Best of the Dec. 7, 2016 Fest.

ACTORHIGHLIGHTS LA FEEDBACK Film Festival - Day 2
Best of the Dec. 8, 2016 Fest.
ACTOR11 FILMS/11 COUNTRIES NOVEMBER 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from November event
ACTOROCTOBER THRILLER/HORROR 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from October event

ACTOROCTOBER ACTION/CRIME 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from October event
ACTORSEPTEMBER DOC/COMEDY 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from September event
ACTORHIGHLIGHTS September 2016 SCI-FI FEEDBACK Film Festival
Best of the Sept. 22, 2016 Fest.

ACTORAUGUST FAMILY/ANIMATION 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from August 25th event
ACTORAUGUST HORROR/THRILLER 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from August 18th event
ACTORJULY 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from July 28th event

ACTORJUNE 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from June 30th event
ACTORMAY 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from May 26th event
ACTORAPRIL 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from April 28th event

ACTORMARCH 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from March 31st event
ACTORFEBRUARY 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from February 25th event
ACTORJANUARY 2016 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from Jan. 28th event

gulmarg_paradise_on_earth