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Khacchad: Mule + Q&A

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Khacchad Mule

Join Liverpool John Moores University representatives and animal ethics experts for a screening and Q&A of award winning documentary film Khacchad: Mule.

In Nepal, around 100,000 equines are regularly put to work, pulling carts, labouring in brick factories and carrying goods into the high Himalayan mountains. Although donkeys and horses are used, it is mules that carry the main burden. Essential for the income of their owners and handlers, the mules are passed through a chain of diverse communities. From breeders in northern India, to brick factory workers in Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley, and traders in the high Himalayan mountains.


Following the film screening there will be a panel discussion and Q&A to consider the filmmaking process and issues of the film. Confirmed speakers are: Dr. Emma Roberts, Chair (Liverpool John Moores University); Dr. Michael Brown (Liverpool John Moores University), Filmmaker; Dr. Simon Brooman (Liverpool John Moores University), Animal Law and Animal Ethics Expert; Julia Smith (Equine Community Engagement specialist and international practitioner); Dr Keith Marley (Liverpool John Moores University film theory academic). A retiring collection in aid of Animal Nepal will be made.

Set against the backdrop of the Himalayas and filmed over a year, award winning documentary filmmaker Michael Brown journeyed with the mules to tell their story. Sometimes joyful and at other times heart-breaking, Khacchad: Mule is a sensitive and moving portrait of Nepal’s working mules and the people that make their living with them.

Following the film screening there will be a panel discussion and Q&A to consider the issues of the film. Confirmed speakers are: Dr. Emma Roberts, Chair (Liverpool John Moores University); Dr. Michael Brown (Liverpool John Moores University), Film Director; Dr. Simon Brooman (Liverpool John Moores University), Animal Law and Animal Ethics Expert; plus representatives from animal organisations. A retiring collection in aid of Animal Nepal will be made.

Silver Award Winner North American Film Awards 2018 and Official Selection International Travel Film Festival 2019

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Contains some upsetting imagery, parental guidance advised.



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