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The Black Hen

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The Black Hen (Kalo Pothi)

Directed by Min Bahadur Bham

  • Nepal, Germany, Switzerland, France 2015; 90 min
  • Original version: Nepali
  • Genre: Drama
    • Best Film - Venice IFF Critics’ Week

  • Nepal's submission for the Academy Awards


  • From the director of A YEAR OF COLD presented at Asian Project Market

Synopsis

We are in the year 2001, a temporary ceasefire brings a much-needed break to a small war-torn village in Northern Nepal, bringing much joy among the residents. Prakash and Kiran, two young close friends, are also starting to feel the change in the air. Though they are divided by caste and social creed, they remain inseparable, and start raising a hen given to Prakash by his sister, with hopes to save money by selling her eggs. However, the hen goes missing. To find it, they embark on a journey, innocently unaware of the tyranny brought by the fragile ceasefire.

Director's Statement

was born in a remote village in Northern Nepal. I grew up to the smell of alpine trees, the sight of fresh, lush meadows, and the touch of the cold Himalayan breeze. With the beauty of my surroundings was a darker aspect of my childhood and of the communities living in that part of the world. Shackled by poverty, illiteracy and taboos, we live in a society that is deeply split by caste and class divides. So, it wasn’t easy having to accept the fact that I wasn’t allowed to play with my best friend only because he belonged to a lower caste.

And that is the heart of the film’s subject matter – a true story of two best friends growing up on in a segregated society during the Maoist insurgency. This story is about the complexities of friendship and our society, a factual reflection of the archaic practices that still prevail in Nepal. Today, years later, my past still haunts me. As a filmmaker it is crucial for me to bring out my true own life experiences to the world.

Production

  • TANDEM PRODUCTION

    Anna Katchko 

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