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20 - POSTMAN OF THE HIMALAYA

52'
Episode

64-year old Dilip Kumar takes parcels and letters to places where there are no streets or roads. He brings the mail to the most isolated villages in the high altitude areas of the Indian Himalayas.

Dilip Kumar is one of the 50 "post-runners" in Spiti, a high valley in the borderland with China, which was closed to foreigners until 1997. Dressed in a khaki uniform with a bell and a post bag, Dilip Kumar covers a distance of up to 30 kilometres a day.

On his motorbike or on foot, across remote river valleys, bleak plateaus and mountain passes covered with snow. The people living here eagerly await his visit. Sometimes the postman helps them reading their post as many are illiterate. He also assists them in drafting the answers.

Not only does he bring letters but he also brings important news from the valleys and from the distant neighbours.

Director(s) : POSSEMEYER (INES)

Producer(s) : ARTE GEIE, MEDIEN KONTOR Movie GMBH

Production Year : 2007
Language(s) : German, English, Arabic, Spanish, French, Dutch, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian

Rights : DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, TV, VOD

Territories : Worldwide.