KIMFF 2021 Juries

Anup Baral

Anup Baral is a renowned theatre director, actor, and conceptual artist. He has a Master’s degree in Acting from India’s National School of Drama. Baral has directed and conceptualized more than three dozen plays as well as acted in numerous productions in his two decade-long career. He is known as a visual poet and experimental director who brings multi-disciplinary approaches to theatre and through live performance, visual art, and digital media. Baral’s theatre pieces, performances, and installations explore such themes as urban conflict, body politics, migration, and marginalization, and many more. His directorial ventures Malami, Jaat Sodhnu Jogiko, Kathadesh, Talak Jung vs Tulke, Kafka Ek Adhyayan, Court Martial, and Thirty Days In September. Memories of Legend was a multimedia theatre collaboration between Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka organized by the Japan Foundation. Baral was awarded the Rashtriya Pratibha Puraskar in 1999 and the Balkrishna Sama Award in 2013 for his contribution to Nepali Theatre. He won the national Best Actor award for Dashdhunga. Dokh, his newest directorial film venture is soon to be released.

Caroline Fink

Caroline Fink, 44, is a filmmaker, photographer, and writer based in Switzerland. A passionate alpinist, her work focuses on the Alps, the mountains of the world, and people connected to the mountains. Discovering for herself, being fully immersed, and looking at the world with the eyes of a child are the most important tools of Fink’s work. She firmly believes that what moves oneself has the power to inspire others. Fink specialize in direction and camerawork. As a photographer she works in the genres of classic reportage and alpine photography, and has a close cooperation with Leica Switzerland. Fink is also a lecturer for photography at a high school for applied sciences. She has a Master’s degree in sociology and remains highly in sociocultural topics. Fink lives in the centre of Zurich, but spends over a hundred days a year outdoors in Switzerland or abroad. A recent project led her to Nepal, where she worked as a cameraperson for an all-female expedition to Dhaulagiri.

Mario Casella

Casella has made documentaries and explored climbing around the world. After multiple experiences on the entire Alpine arc, he climbed some of the highest peaks in the world, including Cho Oyu without oxygen (8,201m), Nevado Huascaran (6,768m), Mount McKinley (6,195m), Pic Lenin (7,134m), the Damavand volcano (5,671m), and Ararat (5,137m), skied Muztaghata (7,546m) and Kazbek (5,047m), and traversed skis Elbrus (5,642m) north-south on skis. Casella is an award-winning author of four books. Cime di Guerra-The Gasherbrum IV in the Conflict Between India and Pakistan (2004) chronicled attempts to climb Gasherbrum IV. Black-White-Black: A Journey Through the Mountains and History of the Caucasus (2011) won many awards, including the prestigious ITAS Award (Trento) for Best Mountain Book of the two-year period in 2013. 2011-2012. Likely Calendar (2014)is a book of short stories. The Weight of Shadows (2017), on the delicate theme of lies and slander in the history of mountaineering was lauded by critics. Beyond Dracula: A Winter Walk in the Carpathians (2019) won the Cortina Montagna Award. Casella’s books have been translated into French and German.