The simple act of giving is stronger than a thousand bullets : Milan Rai’s White Butterflies

To mark the Nepalese Earthquake’s anniversary, Shira Pinson and Lucas Veuve made a series of videos to commemorate the strength and unity that many Nepalese have shown following the tragedy.

girl and butterfly

They met Milan Rai, an incredible visual artist who is known worldwide for his white butterflies. To commemorate the Earthquake’s anniversary, Milan has created a huge installation with 9,000 white butterflies spread around the grounds of Kalmochan Temple, a place reduced to rubble by the earthquake – each butterfly represents a life lost in the earthquake, symbolizing peace and hope.

photo credit to Prem Tshering Sherpa
photo credit to Prem Tshering Sherpa

It was an emotional day for everyone involved. Many young volunteers came to help Milan to spread the 9,000 butterflies around the temple area. Some people travelled 600km to be part of the poignant event. Remarkably though, the atmosphere was joyful and positive.  They commemorated the lives lost but celebrated life and hope, illustrating, once more the resilience and strength of the Nepalese people.

photo credit to Prem Tshering Sherpa
photo credit to Prem Tshering Sherpa

Lucas Veuve is a documentary filmmaker and photographer based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He has worked for many international organizations such as GIZ, Handicap International and Care International. He frequently travels to Nepal for personal projects and for commission work. In this project, he has created with Shira Pinson a series of videos for the one-year anniversary of the earthquake.
Twitter:@lucasveuve | Instagram: @lucasveuve | Website: lucasveuve.com

Shira Pinson is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and a video journalist. She has done work for Aljazeera, France 4, BBC Arabic and Vice as well as independent work. In this project, she has joined forces with Lucas Veuve to create a series of videos for the one-year anniversary of the earthquake. This was her first trip to Nepal but not the last.
Twitter: @shirapinson | Instagram: @shirapinson | Website: shirapinson.com

 

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