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Tashi’s Turbine (2017)

Amitabh Raj Joshi’s documentary focuses on an effort by two men to bring electrical power to a remote Nepalese village in a do-it-yourself clean energy project.

Tashi Bista works as a telemarketer in Nepal’s capital of Kathmandu, while Jeevan is a furniture maker. They learn about wind energy through Internet research and take it upon themselves to demonstrate this green tech solution by setting up a turbine in an impoverished village. There are many factors working against them, including the problems in determining which households will receive the wind powered electricity and getting the mail order equipment assembled. It also doesn’t help that the Himalayan winds are often fierce and can actually work against the turbines – an earlier effort by Nepal’s government to install a turbine failed when the wind created irreparable damage to a tower. Yet the men, working with the residents in the village of Namdok, slowly plot their strategy and carefully arrange for the installation and the electrical wiring to go into place.

Although the film’s pacing is a bit sluggish at times, the exhilaration in watching the project come together is a joyful viewing experience, and the film ultimately pays off as a tribute to the power of patience in the face of incredible odds.