Monday, October 5, 2015

Highway to Dhampus -- Movie

About the Film

This beautifully shot, contemplative film transports the viewer to the stunning countryside of Nepal. An inspiring story written and directed by Utah native Rick McFarland, and filmed almost entirely in Nepal, Highway to Dhampus follows the headmistress of a small orphanage in Nepal who is visited by a rich British socialite attempting to fix her public image through charitable acts.  A providential chain of events is set in motion that affects everyone involved, and ultimately, each character discovers their own reasons to change for the better.

Website / Trailer 

My Review

I was lucky to see a pre-screening of this amazing movie.  Oh my goodness, the landscape and countryside were so beautiful.  The music fits perfectly into the movie too.  The story was beautifully told and events take place that brought tears to me eyes.  My favorite scenes were with Laxmi and the children.  Her character jumped off the screen.  Her kindness was enduring.  I ended up really loving Elizabeth, and Ajit too.  Elizabeth was hard to like at first, and her motives weren't honorable, but I loved the growth of her character and her story was sad!  Ajit was an instant favorite.  He too was great to watch, as was Colt.


Rick is a 20-year veteran of the film industry. He is the Owner and Director of Fiftyfilms, where he directs work for clients such as Intel, Verizon, BAE, Purina, and Microsoft among others. Rick produced and edited My Girlfriend's Boyfriend starring Alyssa Milano, Christopher Gorham, and Michael Landes in 2009.  For the screenplay of his feature film, Highway to Dhampus, Rick took a research trip to Kathmandu in 2011. He found a country that was both absolutely foreign and strangely similar to his home state of Utah. Once the script was finished, casting and filming began in 2012. Highway to Dhampus was the first independent feature film shot entirely in Nepal by a foreign director and crew. It is also a deeply personal film for Rick, drawing much from his own experiences and transposing them into a Nepali setting.
Highway to Dhampus Awards:

Best Dramatic Feature at the Heartland Film Festival 
Best Feature Film and Best Lead Actress at the Madrid International Film Festival
Best World Showcase at the SoHo International Film Festival.

Opening on October 9th in select Megaplex Theaters

Sandy Jordan Commons
St. George 

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