Gyalmu’s House

Living in the heart of Himalayas

On 25 April 2015, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake triggered landslides in the Himalayas of Nepal, killing nearly 9,000 people. Some 300 residents and tourists in Langtang village were killed, including roughly half of its permanent residents.

Those who survived found their homes – and lives – almost entirely gone in an instant.

A year later Nima Gyalmu, a woman of strength, dignity and humour rebuilds her house in this remote and shattered place while trying to come to terms with her new world in the heart of the Himalayas.

Taking a step into Gyalmu’s lifestyle, this documentary seeks to broaden the vision on how life is lived in the Himalayas.

Although mainly focusing on Gyalmu’s lifestyle, it does take a look at what the earthquake has left behind.

Even through this destructive hardships, Gyalmu and the Langtang village stands united in its efforts to survive. Rebuilding is hardened through smiles.

Buddhistic chants accompanies windswept flags bellowing in the wind. These Buddhistic ceremonies seek to tranquilize the God mountain’s wrath (Langtang Lirung), who was responsible for the prior destruction.

Both Gyalmu and the village hopes to live peacefully by ensuring this verbal religious peace offering to the mountain.

Gyalmu’s House is a short look into how rural Nepalese culture is lived. Guided by Gyalmu we get to witness just how the life is in the heart of the Himalays, and the resilience to fight, even in the face of catastrophes and harsh climates.

Gyalmu’s House
  • Info
  • Release date2018
  • Full runtime
  • Director(s)Gavin Carver, Asmita Shrish
  • Production companyDhaulagiri Films