Dr Michael Brown wins Best Documentary Award at the Nepal America International Film Festival
Dr Michael Brown was in Washington DC (June 2022), where his film ‘Brick Mule’ won the Best Documentary Award at the Nepal America International Film Festival. Brick Mule was screened in the main theatre in the prime slot at the closing ceremony.
Following the screening Michael gave a Q and A about the film and how it fits into a wider participatory community engagement project.
The Direct Cinema anthrozoological ethnographic methodology avoids narration and interviews, finding a closeness with the mules; their sale in India, their journey to Nepal and their work in the huge brick factories of the Kathmandu valley. Stunning cinematography and a crafted soundscape paint a moving portrait of Nepal's brick mules and the people who make their living with them. Honest, but non-judgemental, the film gives a unique insight into hardship of life for people and equines alike. Yet underlying questions about humanity and our relationship with animals underpin the film.
The film was also screened the QFT as part of the DocsIreland film festival, where an engaged audience also participated in a post-screening panel discussion featuring cross-faculty QUB staff from film, education and veterinary science.