One road. A world of change.

“Breathtaking… beautifully observational.”

“A warm, enlightening study of the kind of lives we rarely see onscreen”
Chris Schilling, TOTAL FILM

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Every winter Mikma and her family travel by foot from their village deep in the Himalayas of Nepal to sell local medicinal plants in urban markets. This year, construction of a new highway to China has begun in their roadless valley, and things are never going to be the same.

The documentary film Baato (n. [Nepali] 1. path, trail; 2. way; 3. road) is a beautifully crafted, clear-eyed chronicle of the construction of a trans-national highway in Nepal, and of the many different dimensions that come into play with an infrastructural project of this scale, both macro (economic and political forces) and micro (the backbreaking and dangerous labour involved in construction, the impact on those who live along the road’s route, and so on). In particular, directors Kate Stryker and Lucas Millard reveal the impact of the project on a particular family living in a heretofore isolated community in the Himalaya of northeastern Nepal.

Collecting medicinal herbs in their remote mountain valley, Mikma and her family must make an annual 300-kilometer migration, partly on foot and partly by ramshackle vehicle, to urban markets in the lowlands. The road project promises to radically change their lives, by transforming this journey into a far less perilous and arduous one, but also by rendering their community far less isolated, both physically and culturally (for better and for worse).

Baato is at once a sensitive portrait of a family that has thus far existed largely apart from the trappings of modernity, a fascinating chronicle of the epic journey they embark on each year, and a penetrating depiction of the culture and politics of Nepal.

Released in the UK Friday 28th July 2023

  • Director: Kate Stryker and Lucas Millard
  • Year: 2020
  • Country: USA
  • Duration: 82 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Production company: Bottomless Well Films
  • Cert: 12A

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Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry  |  Saturday 5th – Thursday 10th August
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Bertha Dochouse, London  |  From Saturday 12th August
Glasgow Film Theatre  |  From Friday 18th August
Chapter, Cardiff  |  From Friday 18th August
Phoenix, Leicester  |  From Friday 18th August
Eden Court, Inverness  |  From Friday 18th August
Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax  |  From Friday 18th August
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Buxton Film, Buxton  |  Monday 21st August
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The Dukes, Lancaster  |  Tuesday 22nd & Wednesday 23rd August
Arc – Stockton Arts Centre, Stockton-on-Tees  |  Friday 25th and Thursday 31st August
Northampton Filmhouse  |  Sunday 27th & Tuesday 29th August
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Chichester Cinema at New Park  | Friday 8th – Tuesday 12th September
Kinokulture, Oswestry  | Wednesday 27th September



“Astonishing…More than a family portrait, Lucas Millard and Kate Stryker’s film also widens its scope to take in the complex geopolitics of Nepal.”

Phuong Le
The Guardian

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