Lachhamaniya, in keeping with communal practices, was married at the age of five. She is now twenty years old and has never met her husband after the wedding. She lives in her natal home waiting for her husband to come and take her away. ‘Lachhamaniya’s story is about the psychological conflict that arises from the disagreements between the protagonist’s parents and the in-laws and the consequences that follow. The short film directed by Bikash Neupane is based on the short story ‘Lachhamaniya ko gauna’ by reknowned writer Sanat Regmi.
This film is dedicated to all the Sherpas who lost their lives during the Everest avalanche in April, 2014. Another masterpiece of a short film written by Bisham Thakuri and directed by Veemsen Lama, the film depicts the tragedy of untimely and unexpected end of human life. Birkha Bahadur, a hard working porter residing in Kathmandu has a stroke of good fortune one day and earns 500 rupees and ends up spending the next day debating what to purchase with that money. His mind drifts from looking to purchase material things to thoughts of sending the money to his family. Finally, he decides to go home for the day. However, fate has something else in store for him. The 500 rupees is then spent on his cremation. Though shot in just a day, the film provides a feeling of transcendence to the audience.
3.The Last Honey Hunter
Ben Knight has directed and produced some of the leading outdoor and adventure films in the United States and ‘The Last Honey Hunter’ is his first project based in Nepal. In the misty mountains of the Hongu River Valley, the Kulung people carve their lives out of the land. There you will find a wiry and unassuming man named Mauli Dhan Rai, who is believed to be chosen by the gods for the rite of honey harvesting. The extraordinarily dangerous task involves climbing incredibly long rope ladders up sheer cliffs to cut down honeycombs built by wild bees. But with roads, new technologies and market forces encroaching, their way of life may not last for long. The film shows Mauli Dhan Rai pursuing his mystical vocation as possibly the last honey hunter in the Hongu River Valley.
4.In Search of Deuki
The Deuki practice in Nepal involves offering a young girl, or a young boy to a temple by a family seeking religious merit and the fulfillment of a wish. It was outlawed more than thirty years ago as a practice that undermines the rights and dignity of women, but the practice still exists to this today in some areas of Nepal. Devaki Bista, a young journalist grows up hearing about devakis. Infuriated by the social, cultural and religious aspects surrounding the practice, she embarks on a journey to learn more about it, film and investigate this ancient custom that was officially banned in Nepal.
Set in the barren but, breathtaking landscape of Mustang in Nepal, Rajan Kathet’s Serdhak (The Golden Hill) tells the story of the everyday struggles of a hardy, high-altitude farming family while depicting universal themes of love, longing, dreams and compromise. Lhakpa, a young idealist returns to his village with the hopes of reconciling his city education with the harsh realities of the inhospitable terrain. What follows is a brief moment of happiness as Lhakpa hangs out with his childhood love and tries to fit into the pace of village life. But, a sudden family bereavement and a marriage proposal to his sister compel him to give up on his dream of becoming the first engineer of the village. Serdhak is the first Nepali film written and performed by Mustangis in their Mustangi language.