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Panchase Region, Western Nepal

The SNIS produced documentary "Dhōdār" will be screened and discussed with the Political Discourse Society of Franklin University in Lugano on 1 March 2017. The movie addresses the issue of men moving away from Nepali villages in search for work, leaving behind their mothers, wives and daughters who struggle in their daily life to adapt to changing environmental conditions. The documentary is based on the SNIS project “Sustainable Land Management in Mountain Regions of Bolivia and Nepal in the Context of Outmigration, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction”.


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More about the research: Executive Summary

More on the research topic: Identifying Emerging Issues in Disaster Risk Reduction, Migration, Climate Change and Sustainable Development (published by Springer)


The call for projects has again met a vivid interest among researchers all over Switzerland. Seventy-seven pre-proposals have been submitted during this year’s call for projects, with the special annual theme of migration in the lens of the SDGs.

After thorough evaluation by the Scientific Committee about fifteen research teams will be invited to elaborate their proposal for the second, final round. Coordinators of submitted pre-proposals can expect to be informed by mid-April of the Scientific Committee’s decision.


2 girls - documentary movie

The documentary "2 girls" has been awarded with the Grand Prix for the best foreign film at the HumanDoc International Documentary Film Festival in Warsaw and the First Prize at the Rome Independent Film Festival (RIFF) for the best Italian Documentary. The film tells the story of Lota and Tigist, two girls living in two very different countries, Bangladesh and Ethiopia, who are linked by the same journey. They were both born in rural areas, they both faced poverty or abuse. Their only option was to run away. Their next destinations were the mega-cities of Dhaka and Addis Ababa. They embark on parallel, incredibly harsh journeys through which they meet their destinies. Yet, despite their tough lives, they reveal an inner strength and great dignity.

The film is based on the SNIS funded research “Time to Look at Girls” (research lead by Katarzyna Grabska, Global Migration Centre, the Graduate Institute) that explored the links between migration of adolescent girls and development in the Global South through a holistic approach that contextualises adolescents’ and young women’s agency, choices and migration experiences in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Sudan.

The documentary "2 girls” is touring in further film festivals: Equality Festival in Kiev (8 December 2016) and Chhatrapati Shivaji International Film Festival, Mumbai (25 December 2016).


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