In 2015, AIB had the chance to collaborate with Germany’s National Metrology Institute (PTB – Physikalisch Technische Bundesanstalt), which is Germany’s highest authority when it comes to correct and reliable measurements. Two LMU film students were given the opportunity to make a documentary film on support in the field of quality infrastructure (QI) in Nepal. A well-functioning system of measurements, standards as well as conformity assessment is essential for Nepal to take part in trade and for the improvement of basic social services. Moving towards regional trade and improving the quality of products and services are main pillars of Nepal’s development strategy. Together with PTB’s team in Nepal, the film students focused on the Nepali spice Timur, also known as Sichuan pepper, to show how everyone along the value chain (farmer, trader, industrialist, etc.) profit from QI support. Especially for countries, such as Nepal, opportunities in sustainable industry growth are essential for the future.
The project was supervised and supported by both AIB and PTB. Students were able to professionally shoot in a rich, intercultural environment. Working on-site with a Nepali translator over a period of two weeks, students captured in-depth interviews and independently oversaw the entire project. In addition, their work will be published and made accessible on the Website of PTB (coming soon).