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Journey to Yarsa| 55mins
Director: Dipendra Bhandari | Producer: Disu Bhandari
Focus Years: 2011 | Country: Nepal
Subject Tags: asia, community, identity, livelihood, nepal, poverty
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
Dipendra Bhandari follows a family from Rolpa as they head up north to the Himalayan foothills in search of the yarsagumba, the fungus that grows out of caterpillars and is prized for its virile properties. The camera pursues the family as it joins the caravan of thousands of other yarsa hunters as they trek up the treacherous yet breathtaking mountain trails. The trip to Yarsa reveals the struggle, hope, laughter, and resilience of the people who go "dig for their fortunes" in the high Himalayan mountains every summer.

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