Life after Nepal’s devastating earthquake

Quick Facts:

  • On-location filming: Nepal
  • Release: April 2017
  • Partners: UN SDG Action Campaign, UNDP,
  • SDG 4: Quality of Education, SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities, SDG 11: Sustainable cities and Communities

The deadly earthquake that shook Nepal in April 2015, claimed nearly 9,000 lives. For the millions left behind and left vulnerable by the quake, life would never be the same. Across Nepal the earthquake damaged or destroyed more than half a million homes and buildings, claiming nearly 9,000 lives, and leaving about 22,000 injured. More than 3 million people were displaced, many of whom still live in makeshift homes or camp-like shelters.

Despite the generous outpouring of support by the international community more resources are still needed to help affected communities wrestling daily with a lack of food, clean water and electricity  rebuild better than before.

Ground Beneath Her is a virtual reality film that showcases the struggle of 14-year-old Sabita. She must balance an arduous routine of school and housework, while trying to keep dreams for her future alive. Like millions of others the family lives in a makeshift shelter.

The film, a collaboration between the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the SDG Action Campaign, co-created with Ari Palitz, and production studio Here Be Dragons, breaks the storytelling mold by using minimal dialogue to great effect.

In Ground Beneath Her, viewers gain a better understanding of the long-term emotional and physical scars that mark people, after events like the Nepal earthquake. It gives the displaced a voice and protagonism in how we conceive of the human toll of natural disasters.

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