AFDA Cape Town’s AFDA Pro short course curator, Stevan Buxt, co-produced the Nepalese TV series Singha Durbar in Nepal in 2014/5. The series has been nominated in the United States for a Classy Award, which represents one of the 100 most innovative non-profits and social enterprises of 2017.
The Classy Awards puts a spotlight on the most remarkable changemakers of our generation. The Winners & Finalists recognized are addressing the incredibly complex and equally severe problems we face today. Their efforts span global poverty and hunger, disease, education, climate change, disaster response and preparedness, and health care accessibility.
Singha Durbar creates political role models and heralds a culture of collaboration between government and the public. It showcases the inner workings of the government and mitigates negativity towards Nepali politics, which has high levels of corruption, political mudslinging, and political uncertainty. In its 13 episode first season, the series introduced Nepal’s first ‘reel-life’ female Prime Minister and heralded a sense of acceptance towards women leadership in Nepal. The series presented a new normal by showcasing people-focused leaders who denounce vested interest for the good of the country. By investing in SMS, mobile application, and social media, the series aspires to strengthen public-government collaboration & create dialogue.