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About Baato

Runtime: 80 minutes

Language: Lhomi

Genre: Documentary

A family in remote eastern Nepal collects medicinal herbs, before making an annual 300-kilometer trek, partly on foot and partly by ramshackle bus, to lowland, urban markets. The extension of a road to and through their remote village is underway, promising less walking and perhaps a less arduous life in some distant future. Baato is an observation of a Himalayan culture in a slow and chaotic, yet inexorable transition.



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Director: Kate Stryker

Compelled to share stories about the intersection between people and their natural and built environments, Kate Stryker’s most current work includes co-directing Baato (Mountainfilm 2020), the story of a Nepalese family and the navigation of a transcontinental highway built through their previously roadless village. Previous work includes directing two short documentary portraits Ananda (2014) and Roadside Gospel (2007). When she’s not directing films, Stryker is working as a research planner investigating topics of community development, housing, infrastructure and sustainability.

Director: Lucas Millard

Lucas Millard is an award-winning filmmaker and cinematographer based out of New York. Among the feature films Millard has lensed are ‘The Happy Poet’ (Venice Biennale 2010) – winner of the audience award at True/False, and ‘Kiki’ (Sundance, 2016). His work has aired on HBO, Showtime, Sundance Channel, BET, PBS, France 5 and RSI (SwissTV). With an M.F.A. in film production from the University of Texas at Austin, Millard occasionally teaches at Ramapo College in New Jersey. He is currently in post-production on his debut feature documentary film about the impacts of a new highway in a roadless region of the eastern Himalaya.

He currently lives in the Hudson Valley with his wife, daughter and 2 chickens.