By Kashmir Times, Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Jungwa (The Broken Balance), a documentary film by Stanzin Dorjai Gya from Ladakh has got the Jury award in the 29th Mountain International Film Festival held in Autrance, France this month.
Jungwa is a documentary about the relationship between the environment, global warming and the Ladakhi way of life.
Stanzin Dorjai hails from a remote village called Gya, 70 kms east of Leh. Like other children of Gya village, Stanzin too belonged to a nomadic family. His parents own herds of Yaks and sheep and Stanzin had a nomadic childhood, grazing Yaks and sheep while attending school simultaneously.
While pursuing his 12th class in Government Higher Secondary School, Leh in 1995, Stanzin was selected as a campus student at Students Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL) hostel. It was this ambience that ignited Stanzin’s urge to excel in life. “At SECMOL, I was supported academically and slowly also gained the confidence to interact with the outside world – I learnt to speak English and got oriented to social and development issues of the region. This helped me complete my graduation,” recalls Stanzin.
Later Stanzin had an advanced training at SECMOL in cinematography, direction, editing and script writing under film maker Lars Lindstrom of Sweden.
“This training allowed me to become a cameraman, a director cameraman and editor, a new business in Ladakh,” Stanzin acknowledges.
He is one of the founders of the Himalayan Film House, Leh, which is one of the best film making Studios in Leh producing music audios, videos, feature films and documentaries on regional, national and international levels.
Stanzin has produced a number of documentaries as well as feature films and has worked with several national and international film makers.
`Living With Change’ a documentary on the effects of global warming in Ladakh that Stanzin made for WWF India earned worldwide appreciations and this film is being screened in different countries.