Audio Visual Department
(AVD) Audio-Visual, a department of Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists (NEFEJ), was established in 1993. In recent years, it has been conducting two major activities which include production and airing of 25-minute long weekly television magazine- Aankhijhyal and documentary production.
AVD has been established with the following objectives:
- To act as an advocacy and lobbying outlet for NEFEJ
- To generate awareness on environment conservation and sustainable development
- To provide the technical support for documentary production.
To meet the first two objectives, AVD runs a 25-minute long weekly TV magazine-Aankhijhyal. It mainly centers on issues of environment, conservation and sustainable development. Aankhijhyal is aired on Nepal Television and other ten television stations across Nepal. It is also being aired abroad in Nepali Television, London. Aankhijhyal aired 718 episodes and 120 documentaries so far by June 14, 2011.
AVD also produces various documentaries related to environment, conservation, and sustainable development. Besides that it has working in partnership with many governmental and non-governmental organizations as well as international, bilateral, and multi-lateral agencies. For instance it recently produced documentaries for Birds Conservation Nepal (BCN) on the theme "Payment for Environmental Service". It has also signed Memorandum of Understanding with Practical Action as a partner for its audio-visual production.
London based International Television Trust for the Environment (TVE), TVE-Asia Pacific, and TVE-Japan has appointed AVD/NEFEJ as its video resource center for Nepal that authorizes it to translate, broadcast, distribute, and sell the internationally acclaimed titles produced by TVE. It is also involved in "BBC Earth Report."
AVD has a dedicated team of individuals which has made its ventures Aankhijhyal and other productions successful. It has been backed by experienced documentary makers. They have been involving documentary making for last 20 years. They have been guiding the team time and again and this has thus resulted in the production of good quality television magazine and documentaries. This is the reason for the popularity of Aankhijhyal among all classes of people from different parts of the country. Sushil Mainali, Director of AVD, states that the name Aankhijhyal hangs in the lips of people from every walks of people.
Director, Audio-Visual Department
Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists (NEFEJ)