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An incredibly inspiring story from the roof of the world.”
Bear Grylls

Dartmouth Films, Mayfly TV and Picture on the Wall Productions are proud to announce the release of CHILDREN OF THE SNOW LAND in UK cinemas and on demand with Curzon Home Cinema from Thursday 14 March 2019, with the UK gala premiere screening with Q&A taking place that evening at Curzon Soho.

CHILDREN OF THE SNOW LAND tells the incredible story of a group of children born in the High Himalayas of Nepal; a remote area of great natural beauty but where life is extremely tough. From just four years old, some children are sent by their parents to the capital city, Kathmandu, to a school run by a Buddhist monk, in the hope that education will give them a better chance in life.  

For ten years or more they do not see or speak to their parents, due to the remoteness of their villages.

Upon graduation, aged 16, the children must make the journey home; an arduous trek across mountains that takes them to the highest inhabited place on the planet; a faraway, off-grid land where the way of life has not changed for thousands of years. The young children who left their parents many years ago will return to their villages as teenagers who have been brought up in a world of mobile phones, social media and most modern conveniences.  And then the earthquake strikes.

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Directed by Zara Balfour and Marcus Stephenson, and executive produced by Christopher Hird, CHILDREN OF THE SNOW LAND film documents the scary, moving, funny and humbling stories from the world’s longest walk home from school.

Partly filmed by the Nepali children featured in the film, CHILDREN OF THE SNOW LAND offers a view of a remote, ancient place, where the way of life has remained unchanged for the past 2,000 years and explores the human spirit’s extraordinary capacity to survive and thrive in difficult circumstances with meager resources, whilst asking the universal question – what makes a family?

Children of the Snow Land is in UK cinemas & on demand with Curzon Home Cinema from 14 March 2019

The UK gala premiere will take place at 6.30pm on Thursday 14 March at Curzon Soho, tickets available now at:

Ever since I watched Takeshi Kitano's "Hana-Bi" for the first time (and many times after that) I have been a cinephile. While much can be said about the technical aspects of film, coming from a small town in Germany, I cherish the notion of art showing its audience something which one does normally avoid, neglect or is unable to see for many different reasons. Often the stories told in films have helped me understand, discover and connect to something new which is a concept I would like to convey in the way I talk and write about films. Thus, I try to include some info on the background of each film as well as a short analysis (without spoilers, of course), an approach which should reflect the context of a work of art no matter what genre, director or cast. In the end, I hope to pass on my joy of watching film and talking about it.