SIX intrepid university students hoping to film in Nepal are seeking offers of sponsorship from kind-hearted St Andreans.
‘Daughters of Dolma: The Spiritual Journey of Tibetan Nuns in Nepal’ is the title of the documentary which the group intend to make in Kathmandu.
They will set off at the end of May and plan to spend a month living with, and filming, the nuns as they go about their day to day lives.
Group spokesman, Alex Co, told the Citizen this week: ‘‘We are determined to produce this feature documentary about why women choose the Tibetan Buddhist monastic path, what distinguishes them from their male counterparts, how they maintain their spiritual fervour throughout the different stages of their lives in the rapidly modernising city of Kathmandu.
‘‘In line with this, we have been granted special permission to reside in Karma Ngedhon Osal Choekhorling Nunnery for one month to fulfill our goal.
‘‘With such an exceptional opportunity, we would like to open the chance for interested funders to help this worthwhile project to materialise. ‘‘
Currently, the group has the support of the University of St Andrews, the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland and the Hugh Richardson Foundation, through which their personal contributions, travel, visa and medical expenses have been covered.
Alex explained: ‘‘In this final phase of preparations, we are now welcoming any support that kind-hearted individuals can give.
‘‘The main expenses that are yet to be covered are our food, accommodation and filming equipment. Accommodation costs £300 for each student totaling £1800 for the one month that we will be there. Filming equipment amounts to £600.
‘‘In return, we will provice a ‘Special Thanks’ section for donations of £1 and above: acknowledgment in the final credits of the documentary film; a ‘Sponsors’ section for donations of £50 and above: acknowledgement in the final credits of the documentary film plus complimentary DVD copy and a ‘Major Sponsors’ section for donations of £200 and above: acknowledgement in the final credits of the documentary film, limited edition DVD featuring additional footages and photos not included in in the original theatrical release, and a special travel diary of the expedition team including high resolution photographs
‘‘All sponsors will be acknowledged in the documentary’s website (unless anonymity is requested).
‘‘The project proposal and/or budget summary are available upon request through Stefan Salow, Chief Financial Officer at +44 7583710255 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The project’s bank account number is 85491960, sort code 87-68-25, Lloyds TSB Scotland. “