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This documentary focuses on Mr. Bhim Bahadur Thapa, his enduring legacy, and the mythical aspects of his life. It serves both as a biographical account and as an enduring piece of social commentary. He entered this world on 8 May 1920, dedicating his entire existence to the belief that people needed to awaken to effect positive changes in their lives. This profound conviction guided him throughout his life, leading him to paint and inscribe the word 'Khoja/Search' on pavements, walls, and stones across Nepal. On 2 June 2022, in Kathmandu, Mr. Thapa's remarkable journey came to an end. He lived for an impressive 102 years and 25 days. It is estimated that he penned or inscribed 'Khoja/Search' more than 8 million times.

  • Gopal Shivakoti
  • Gopal Shivakoti
  • Gopal Shivakoti
  • Bhakta Chand
  • Bhim Bahadur Thapa
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Director Biography - Gopal Shivakoti

Gopal Shivakoti is a documentary filmmaker from Nepal.
He has been working in films and digital media since 2004. Primarily he is a visual editor who also does 2D animation, motion-graphics, and filming. He is a key resource person at “Young-Cuts! the filmmaking workshop” (in Kathmandu) for the past five years. His hobbies include Ethnology and documentary filming.
He has shot and edited “In Search of the Searchman” – a short documentary about the 8 million (plus) graffiti “Khoja/Search” that has been written and inscribed all over Nepal,
“When Shall I See My Daddy” – a short documentary about 14 years old boy whose father has gone to the USA and hasn’t returned to his home and family for ages.
“Save Gangamaya” a documentary film about Satyagrahi Gangamaya Adhikari - who is on fast-unto-death for the attainment of justice for the 2004 murder of her innocent teenager son is his first feature-length documentary, It received an overwhelming response in the international film festival circuit. “War Crime”, "Pinky Gurung", "We are with Dr. KC", "Gai Jatra", "Chain and Worship", "Bicycle Hero" and "Bare Tree" are his recent films.

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