Confronting the Truth: Nepali version of the documentary on transitional justice is now on YouTube


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यो वृत्तचित्र पुरै नेपाली भाषामा छ। नेपाली दर्शकहरुले यो वृत्तचित्र हेरेर लाभ उठाउन भनेर नै यसलाई इन्टरनेटमा उपलब्ध बनाउने प्रयास गरिएको हो। जति धेरै मानिसले यो हेर्छन्, उति नै राम्रो। कृपया अरुलाई पनि यसको बारे जानकारी दिनुहोला र आफ्ना साथीहरुलाई हेर्न लगाउनुहोला। भिडियोहरु यो पोष्टको अन्त्यमा छन्।

This documentary was uploaded to Youtube for the benefit of Nepalese viewers. The more people watch it, the better. Please share this post and encourage your friends to watch it. The videos are at the end of this post.

The Nepali version of the documentary “Confronting the Truth” is now available on the web. Many thanks to York Zimmerman Inc. and A Force More Powerful Films for this generous move. I very much appreciate their response to my request to make this movie available online. The filmmakers’ understanding of the situation in Nepal and their willingness to keep aside their commercial interests for the sake of the greater good of our society is really worthy of high praise. (More on this in the Endnote).

The DVD of this documentary can be bought online– in fact I encourage you to do so if you like it.

Confronting the Trugh: Truth Commissions and Societies in Transition (73 minutes) (2007)

Confronting the Trugh: Truth Commissions and Societies in Transition (73 minutes) (2007)

Featuring: Desmond Tutu, Jose Ramos-Horta
Director: Steve York
Rated: Unrated
Studio: York Zimmerman Inc.
DVD Release Date: July 15, 2007
Run Time: 73 minutes

Confronting the Truth shows how countries, which have experienced massive human rights violations, have created official, independent bodies known as truth commissions.


Since 1983, truth commissions have been established in over 20 countries, in all parts of the world. Confronting the Truth documents the work of truth commissions in South Africa, Peru, East Timor, and Morocco. Taking testimony from victims and perpetrators, and conducting detailed investigations, truth commissions create a historical record of abuses that have often remained secret. They identify patterns of abuse, and the structural and institutional weaknesses, and societal and cultural problems, and weak legal systems that made the violation possible. To remedy these faults, they recommend governmental, societal and legal reforms to address the pain of the past, to safeguard human rights and due process, and to ensure that the horror will not be repeated.

War and Aftermath

Even though there has been an official end to the war in Nepal, the end to the uncountable damages it has left in our society will require a very careful and sustained effort from all of us. As the Led Zeppelin sang, the pain of war cannot exceed the woe of aftermath.

There are always opposing opinions and interests when so many issues are involved. But it is important for all of us to understand the different issues involved in properly healing a nation battered by years of conflict. We can start by learning how countries in comparable situations dealt with the problem. There are some very inspiring examples. The documentary describes the transitional justice processes of various countries like South Africa, Morocco, Peru and East Timor. The details of the transitional justice process can be very moving and heart touching. An Amazon review of this documentary reads: “Confronting the Truth” Inspires and Emboldens “Never Again” Sentiment. I hope being informed about such matters will help us understand how ugly wars can be. This understanding will help avoid them and solve the problems in a better way.

Transitional Justice

The process of transitional justice includes a variety of measures and Truth and Reconciliation Commission is probably the most well known one. Nepal was supposed to have a Peace and Reconciliation Commission long time back. In fact, it was one of the points of understanding between the seven parties and the Maoist Party. There are many reasons the formation of the commission is being delayed. The main ones are the unwillingness to accept the mistakes of the past and a much dangerous attempt to glorify war and those past-crimes in order to achieve further political ends.

This has in turn encouraged impunity and a total neglect to public opinion. Failure in addressing the concerns mentioned above will set a very bad precedent and breed graver crimes in the future. When excesses of the past will not be dealt with (or rejected) properly, in the future they will be accepted and legitimized by our society.

Confronting the truth

Due to this, concerted campaigns for glorification of war, partisan behavior in identification of victims (one party identifying their people as victims and the other identifying theirs) and declaration of compensation packages and attempts to grant governmental pardon to serious crimes are seen from time to time.

Personally, I am concerned by the amount of disinformation and propaganda that even educated and young people of my country can digest. I can see a lot of people who are used to the ways of a civilized society, and often living or studying in democratic societies (for eg: Western countries) are no less prone to such behavior. And this made me feel that not enough has been done.

I watched this documentary a few years ago and was impressed by the message conveyed. After witnessing totally conflicting and confusing opinions and mostly disinformation campaign surrounding the attempt to provide Presidential pardon to Bal Krishna Dhungel, I thought it would be appropriate to make this documentary available for as many people to watch.


Endnotes:

  • Last week, I wrote to York Zimmerman Inc. requesting them to grant permission for screenings of the documentary to people who attend to my online campaigns. I also asked them to make parts of the documentary available on the web so everybody not reachable to me could also watch them. They were very positive about my request and have agreed to make the full documentary (Nepali version) available on the Youtube Channel of A Force More Powerful Films.
  • The movie is available on 4 parts on Youtube. The videos are embedded below. Part 1 is Introduction and about South Africa, part 2 is about Peru, part 3 is about East Timor and Part 4 is about Morocco.
  • The description of the movie and the information about it’s DVD in the post above was not posted on the filmmakers’ request. This is how I thought I could express my thanks to them.

Part 1: Introduction and South Africa

Part 2: Peru

Part 3: East Timor

Part 4: Morocco

One thought on “Confronting the Truth: Nepali version of the documentary on transitional justice is now on YouTube

  1. I am afraid we are never going to have a Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Nepal. The interests of both the former rebels and the army intersect in trying to withhold or altogether stop the commission from forming. It’s a case of ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ and the noticeable silence of the former royalists on the proposed amnesty of Balkrishna Dhungel only strengthens this claim. They are equally red in the hands when it comes to war crimes and cases of human right violations and are afraid that a truth and reconciliation commission would put them under scanner. It is sad that the perpetrators of war crimes on both sides, far from owning up to their mistakes and making amends, are not even willing to accept them. People say that instead of complicating the issue and endangering the government once again, it would be better if Dhungel is pardoned. What they forget is, he hasn’t even accepted the charge to be considered for forgiveness by the family or the president in the first place.

    Thanks for your initiative to make the documentary public. Hopefully it will embolden that ‘never again’ sentiment in people who watch it. Nepal has many lessons to learn from the experiences of the countries featured. Also many thanks to the makers of the documentary for their willingness to share it with Nepali people.

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