When my father, Zdenek Thoma, first came to Manang village in 1979, I was just six months old. I listened to his stories about Manang instead of fairytales and looked at the photographs he took there very often during my childhood. So when I finally came to Manang in 2008 I was somewhat familiar with the place. Carrying a thick pack of my father's photographs, I looked for the same people and the same places. It was a great experience to see how this remote mountain village had been transformed into a booming tourist hub.
With the exhibition Manang: 30 Years After, my father and I hope to express the nature of this change. In fact there are many villages in Nepal that are not much different now from what Manang was like in 1979. The story of Manang could help Nepalis decide how such remote areas should or should not be developed in the future.
Manang: 30 Years After, by Zdenek and Michal Thoma, will be showing during the Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival at Kathmandu City Hall (Rastriya Sabha Griha), Exhibition Road. The exhibition will be open to the public following the opening ceremony on 9 December at 2pm, then every day from 11am to 6pm until 13 December.