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‘Desh Khojdai Jaanda’ Bags Best Feature Award

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‘Desh Khojdai Jaanda’ meaning In Search of Nation, a feature film based on the Bhutanese refugees, has been awarded the best feature during the Nepal International Film Festival held from Feb 2-5 in Pokhara, Nepal.

Prakash Angdembe and Hemanta Budhathoki receiving the award (Photo: Angdembe Facebook)

“It is a matter of pride for us to be a winner among several films in competition from across the globe,” director Prakash Angdembe said.

“I am just a coordinator,” Angdembe added,” I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all artists and well-wishers related directly or indirectly to this film.”

The festival awarded Angdembe and his team with a check of Nepalese currency 50,000 (US $ 500).

The story plot
In the much anticipated bilateral treaty of 1624 AD furnished between the then Nepal (Gorkha) and Bhutan, Nepalese immigrants were formally accepted as citizens in Bhutan. These innocent Nepali-speaking Bhutanese were betrayed by the Bhutanese regime in late 1980s and early 1990s as they were forced to take refuge in Nepal to lead sub-human life. The ongoing resettlement program has scattered these refugees to various western countries, but their search for a nation would continue forever.

Synopsis

Production

Ifacains International Foundation, Ifaca Bhutan, Gantabya Theatre and Line Cross Movies

Genre(s)

History, Drama, Family & Suspense

Run Time

1 hour 45 minutes

Premier Show

July 2013

Director

Prakash Angdembe

Associate Director

Samten Bhutia

Executive Producer

Birendra Chhetri

Screenplay

Upendra Subba

Cinematographer

Sanjay Lama

Art Director

Pralhad Gurung

Lead Characters

Hemanta Budathoki, Babu Bogati, Sarita Oli, Aruna Karki, Mina Koirala, Ram Chamling, LP Joshi, Dhankute Kancha, among others

Country of Origin

Nepal

Places Featured

Bhutanese Refugee Camps, and Nepal

Language

Nepali

Theme

Nostalgia, History, Identity Crisis & Hardship

Film Budget

Rs 4 million (approx.)

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