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Nepali Short film ‘Ek Dhakar Jiwan’ wins international award in Sweden

Kurseong : A short Nepali film “Ek Dhakar Jiwan / The Beaten Path” produced and directed by a Kurseong lad, Phurba Tshering Lama has won the Best Short Film Peace Award in the just concluded Gothenburg Independent Film Festival in Sweden. Lama informed a total of 65 films from 30 different countries were screened in the inaugural or the first Gothenburg Independent Film Festival from May 22 to 25, in Sweden. "There were three films from India. The films from India were Vivek Budakoti’s 'Pied Piper', Utpal Borpujari’s 'Songs of the Blue Hills' and 'Ek Dhakar Jiwan / The Beaten Path'. These films were selected and nominated for the film festival on different categories," he added. Lama also informed that his 27 minute Nepali-language film is based on a short story ‘Manchhey Manchheyko Busty Bhitra’ written by Gupta Pradhan, a renowned Nepali littérateur from Ghoom/Darjeeling. 

The story revolves around Balvir, a porter, who lives and coexists in the grand mosaic of nature like any other entity. However, his human spirit yearns to understand life especially from a sense of disorientation and confusion as a result of the material world. It was learnt that Phurba Tshering Lama’s short film “Ek Dhakar Jiwan” has also been selected for screening at the upcoming SIGNS Film Festival to be held in Kochi from May 28 - June 1. Notably, after completing his graduation from NP College, Darjeeling, Lama completed the course of direction in the Films & Television Institute of India, (FTII), Pune in 2010 and for the past few years he has been involved in different films on different aspects in Mumbai and in Nepal. His 27 minute short film was shot in Sikkim last year and after mixing and editing in Mumbai the film was completed in the month of February 2014. Lama is also targeting to participate in more film festival. Lama has credited his success to his father Jay Prakash Lama and mother Prabha Lama.

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