The shooting of the film took place in April 2018 in the Kathmandu valley, in Bhaktapur. Struck by the strong link between religious festivals and astronomy in Nepal, we decided to document an important one: the Nepalese New Year, Bisket Jatra. We follow this festival with our camera for 10 days, explain the rites and discuss with locals.
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Biruni, the Quill of the Invaders: the film was shot in July 2012. It retraces the life of the medieval
Muslim thinker al-Biruni (973-1050), by travelling through Uzbekistan,
Iran and Pakistan. In this documentary, thanks to the historical figure
of al-Biruni, we tackle fascinating aspects of the history of sciences
related to the Muslim world and we discuss the richness of intercultural
exchanges of the time. The interviews conducted during this film, with
local researchers but also with people, make the documentary
particularly touching and authentic. The film is a by-product of my PhD
research at the University of Lausanne.
The French version Biruni, the Quill of the invaders is also available on DVD, with two bonuses: a meditative video and a complementary notebook to the content of the film. Contact me if you are interested.