Made in 1958 by filmmaker Michael J. Hagopian, "Himalayas: Life on the Roof of the World" is an educational film that shows the people who live in the canyons of the Himalayan mountains, including in Tibet, India, and Nepal. The film focuses on the economy and trade in this region, and not on politics. shows the mountains of the Tibetan Plateau including Mount Everest. The waters produced by these mountains, which fed great civilizations including India, are shown, with 450 inches of rainfall per year occurring in the zone surrounding the Himalayas -- the most on earth.
At 10:55, rural Tibet is shown, with trade caravans moving through the mountains. A narrow gauge train from Calcutta is seen at 12:00. Mount Kangchenjunga is seen in the distance. At 18:00, articles of Kashmir wool are seen being made, including rugs.
Michael J. Hagopian was born to an Armenian family on 20 October 1913, in Kharpert, Mamuret-ul-Aziz Vilayet, Ottoman Empire. He won critical acclaim, including two Emmy nominations for his film The Forgotten Genocide, the first full-length feature on the Armenian Genocide. The film encompassed twenty years of research and nearly 400 witness interviews. In 1979, Hagopian founded the non-profit Armenian Film Foundation dedicated to preserving the visual and personal histories of the witnesses to the Armenian Genocide.
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