Kimff 2018 winner

A Thousand Girls Like Me

Afghanistan 2018
Director: Sahra Mani
Duration: 76 min

Synopsis

A Thousand Girls Like Me is a vérité feature documentary that follows 23-year-old Khatera Golzad in her fight to seek justice and protect her children. For 13 years, Khatera has endured rape, abuse, and forced abortions at her father’s hands. The film reveals Khatera’s story through intimate footage of her daily life, as she carries her latest pregnancy to term while seeking a fair trial for her father to be convicted for incest, which carries the death penalty. Khatera’s attempts to file charges against her father for his crimes endanger her life and that of her daughter. When she accuses her father on a national TV show, this brave action turns her family and community against her. Her uncles believe only her death and that of her daughter will end the family’s shame and exonerate their brother. Khatera goes into hiding with her daughter, but illness forces them back home. Her father is eventually arrested, but the court rejects the evidence, including the testimony of neighbors and the local mullah. Rather, the judge suggests Khatera could have ended her plight by killing herself, or her baby, or by returning home and forgiving her father. Khatera’s relationships with her mother, Zahra, and daughter, Zainab further illuminate the story, revealing subtle subtexts and the surprising strength of the relationship between them.

Filmmakers

Producer and director Sahra Mani is the founder of ADH and Director of A Thousand Girls Like Me Films. She believes in the power of storytelling to understand our world and improve it. Her work as producer, director, writer, and photographer is focused on human rights, equality and justice. As director of ADH Films, Sahra is training and mentoring the next generation of correspondents and filmmakers. She has directed and produced over a dozen documentaries that have screened at film festivals and aired globally on Al Jazeera, RTS, Afghan TV channels. Sahra also works as a multimedia producer, author and impact campaign director, and organises human rights film festivals.

The Next Guardian

Bhutan 2017
Director: Dorottya Zurbo, Arun Bhattarai
Duration: 74 min

Synopsis

In a remote village in Bhutan, 16 year-old Gyembo and his younger sister sister Tashi roam aimlessly, while their father meticulously polishes the ancient relics inside the altar of their private monastery, which has been the family’s inheritance for generations. But unlike their father, whose life revolves around the monastery, Gyembo and Tashi dream of going beyond its confines. Gyembo wants to become a footballer. He is also the only confidante for Tashi, who is transgender. The father believes that the only way for Gyembo to accumulate good karma – and carry on the family tradition – is to leave school and practice religion. The film is a bittersweet story of the contrasting dreams of a family caught in a generation and culture clash. The Next Guardian was shot in Bhutan, premiered at IDFA in the First Appearance Competition and has been screened in other international festivals as well.

Filmmakers

Bhutanese Arun Bhattarai, co-director, graduated from the DocNomads Joint Master degree under an Erasmus Mundus scholarship in Lisbon, Budapest and Brussels. His second feature-length documentary, Kelden, was supported by The Asia Pitch 2016 and will be screened on NHK World, KBS and Media Corpe. He has worked as a producer at BBS, Bhutan’s only TV station, for six years.

Hungarian Dorottya Zurbó, co-director, graduated from the DocNomads Joint Master degree under an Erasmus Mundus scholarship in Lisbon, Budapest and Brussels. Her latest film, Easy Lessons, (2018) was supported by the Incubator Program of the Hungarian National Film Fund and premiered at Locarno (Semaine de la Critique).

G.J. Ramstedtin Maailma (Eastern Memories)

Finland 2018
Director: Niklas Kullstrom, Martti Kaartinen
Duration: 86 min

Synopsis

Eastern Memories is an unexpected road movie into the far east of Mongolia and Japan that seamlessly intertwines the past and the present into a visually stunning journey of adventure and exploration, love and death, conspiracies and the fall of nations, all told by a dead Finn from the distant north. Finnish linguist and diplomat G. J. Ramstedt travels into the age-old world of beliefs and traditions of the late 19th century, a world replaced today by ideologies and market economy. He witnessed the events of the past one hundred years. His observations help remind us why we are here today.

Filmmakers

Martti Kaartinen is a Finnish filmmaker, scriptwriter and journalist. He has acted in short films which have been shown at major festivals and on TV. The background research Eastern Memories took a month to Tokyo, six months in Mongolia and several weeks in China. Martti travelled and lived alone with local people. He is currently working on several film projects as a director, writer and actor. He has written articles on social and cultural issues and shot photo reports for various publications. Eastern Memories is his debut film as a director.

Niklas Kullström is a Finnish filmmaker, cinematographer, editor and media artist. He has lived in Japan, Iceland, United Kingdom, Latvia and Russia. A media and photo artist Kullström concentrates on the aesthetic and social challenges created by digitalisation and technologisation. His works has been displayed widely including at the Hamburg Photography Triennial in 2015. Kullström also works as a producer, photographer and teacher. His films include a short documentary Say Hello in Slovio (Cannes, Helsinki Short Film Festival), made with British director May Abdalla and the 2016 comedic-short The Dijon-Story, directed by Mikko Myllylahti.

 

 

The Great Mukhiya

Nepal 2017
Director: Ashin Poudel
Duration: 13 min

Synopsis

In a small Nepali village in the late 19th century, Mukhiya, the autocratic head of the village commissions a photographer from the city to take the first ever photograph of him and his family. Inspired by paintings of his grandfather and father in which they both stand over animals they have hunted, Mukhiya decides that he also wants to be photographed with a hunting trophy. However, hunting down the mighty wild boar turns out to be a grueling task for him and his men.

Filmmakers

Ashin Poudel is a Nepali writer and director. His first film the 2016 short A Day in the Life of Kanchi, was first runner-up at KIMFF. His second short film, Lost and Found, won the award for Outstanding Presentation of Thailand at the 2017 Thailand international Film Destination Festival.

 

Supermonk

Taiwan/Nepal 2018
Director: Shenang Gyamjo Tamang
Duration: 19 min

Synopsis

During the people’s war in Nepal, an 11-year-old action film enthusiast monk Tashi, encounters a rebel child soldier hiding in his monastery. An unexpected friendship blossoms when Tashi helps the scared child soldier evade capture from armed forces. The boys then travel the same path Tashi usually takes to watch films and successfully escape chance encounters with government forces, strict monk disciplinarians and rebel forces. A touching adventure between two children who form an unlikely bond based on compassion and innocence.

Filmmakers

Shenang Gyamjo Tamang is a Buddhist monk and teaches at Shechen Tennyi Dargyeling Monastery in Nepal. He is also passionate about filmmaking and has participated in film workshops in India, South Korea and Nepal. His debut experimental short fictional film, Jha Lo (Year of the Bird), premiered at the Busan film festival in South Korea and was also screened at the Palm Springs International Film festival in Los Angeles, the Fribourg International Film Festival and KIMFF.

 

Tattini (The Moon is Bright Tonight)

Nepal/ Myanmar 2018
Director: Abinash Bikram Shah
Duration: 17 min

Synopsis

A dead body of a migrant worker arrives in a remote village of Nepal. Tattini, now a widow, plans to start a new life with her dead husband's life insurance money, away from the shackles of the conservative society she lives in. But her lonely father-in-law, determined to stop her, claims that the money belongs to the village and demands a traditional ritual called darrkhana.

Filmmakers

Abinash Bikram Shah is a freelance writer and director based in Kathmandu. Abinash is an alumnus of Berlinale Talent and Asian Film Academy. He has produced, written, and directed several short films that have won awards in festivals including KIMFF. He has also written feature films that have premiered in the Berlinale and Venice. He is currently working on his first feature film Season of Dragonflies.

 

Marisakeko Manchhe
(The Man Who Died Once)

Nepal 2018
Director: Bidhya Chapagain, Kamal Kumar
Duration: 48 min

Synopsis

Two families from different parts of Nepal, unknown to each other, are connected by a fatal road accident in Saudi Arabia. Marisakeko Manchhe is a story of life and death, unimaginable sorrows, surprises and some measure of comfort and happiness.

Filmmakers

Bidhya Chapagain and Kamal Kumar are both journalists, aspiring filmmakers and co-founders of Herne Katha, a web series that Chapagain presents.

 

An Uncertain Winter

India 2017
Director: Munmun Dhalaria
Duration: 5 min

Synopsis

In Kibber village, at 4,300m in Spiti valley, we follow the life of Langzom. Spiti is one of the most inhospitable environments in the world. The elements are against habitation; winter temperatures dip to -30 degrees. Life here revolves around basic survival and using land optimally.The same snow that makes a major part of the year unlivable, is responsible for a decent harvest of Kibber’s only cash crop, the greenpea. Farming communities here are especially vulnerable to the consequences of climate change. An Uncertain Winter is an ode to life in the frozen desert and the resilience of the women who call it home.

Filmmakers

Munmun Dhalaria is an independent documentary filmmaker interested in wildlife conservation, gender, human rights and livelihoods. She has a Master’s degree in Media and Cultural Studies from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and combines her passions by focusing on the issues of people who live close to wild landscapes. Munmun’s ongoing film projects focus on wildlife conservation in the Himalayas and the state of women’s health in various marginalised communities of India. She is also a National Geographic Explorer and is currently filming a rare and elusive pheasant in the western Himalayas.

 

Dolpa Diary

Nepal 2018
Director: Prasuna Dongol
Duration: 24 min

Synopsis

Dolpo Diary follows a 27-year-old Nepali woman who sets out on a 23 day solo trek to Upper Dolpa in western Nepal, right on the border with Tibet. The adventure pushes her to her limits as she is faced with loneliness, fear and doubt.

Filmmakers

Prasuna Dongol is filmmaker who enjoys documenting people and their lifestyles. She studied Film and Media in Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. An avid traveller, she ventures out whenever possible in order to experience a new world and gain perspective. Her first directorial short documentary, Struggle in K-pop, was screened at the last edition of KIMFF.

 

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