Journey of a Red Fridge

    • Lucian Muntean, Natasa Stankovic
    • Serbia
    • 2007
    • 52 min
    • World Premiere
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    Hari Rai is a 17-year old boy who lives in a small village in the Himalayan Mountains. He works as a porter in order to pay his University fees and living expenses at Management University in Pokhara. On this particular journey, he is hired to carry a huge red Coca-Cola refrigerator to the nearest town. During his four-day journey, we discover Hari's inner life, his relationships to his family and his village, while also encountering the culture and daily routines of local inhabitants. As time passes, it becomes apparent that this is a young man struggling between two worlds; rejecting and questioning some aspects of his own culture whiles simultaneously working within it. Throughout this trek, we are given glimpses of western tourists as seen through the eyes of porters and local residents of the Himalayan Mountains. From vistas dominated by 8000 meter peaks, to lush riverside hot springs; from sacred Buddhist temple complexes to thatched hut villages, we see the contrast between this red brand-name fridge and the breathtaking virginal landscapes of Nepal. The shifting scenery of this journey takes us from the personal to the general: from the empty arid mountains to the bustling crowds of urban life.

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    • 52 min
    • color
    • video
    Director
    Lucian Muntean, Natasa Stankovic
    Production
    Lucian Muntean for Lunam Docs, Natasa Stankovic for Lunam Docs
    Co-production
    Final Cut for Real
    Cinematography
    Lucian Muntean
    Editing
    Natasa Stankovic
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