The documentary film “Good Karma,” which chronicles the trip of a dozen Durangoans on a mission to help a small town in northeastern Nepal, will be shown in public for the first time May 27 at the Durango Arts Center.
The Karma & Jyamu Bhotia Foundation, started by Nepal natives Karma and Jyamu Bhotia, who now live in Durango and own the Himalayan Kitchen, will host the event from 5 to 10 p.m. The film, scheduled to be shown at 7 p.m., will be part of an evening including food, a silent auction and a talk by Karma Bhotia about the foundation’s projects that are underway.
The Durangoans ventured in October and November 2014 to Chyamtang, a village of 600 where the Bhotias grew up. The village is in the foothills of the Himalayas near the Tibet border. Karma Bhotia, who led the mission, had not been back to his home village for 25 years.
The film chronicles the group’s interactions and meetings with the people of the villages along the route. It took six days of hiking from the nearest road to reach Chyamtang. The film also talks about Karma Bhotia’s unlikely journey from Nepal to America.
In Chyamtang, the Durangoans helped start the process of rebuilding the village’s school, which had been damaged severely in a 2012 earthquake. The school now has been rebuilt thanks to funding and support from the foundation.
For more information, visit www.bhotiafoundation.org/index.php/fund-raising-events.