Kalo Pothi (The Black Hen)
Director: Min Bahadur Bham Starring: Khadka Raj Nepali, Sukra Raj Rokaya, Jit Bahadur Malla. Run time: 90 mins | Recommended Certificate: 12A Language: Nepali with English subtitles | Year: 2015 | Country: Nepal
LIFF’s first Nepali screening is directed by new hot-property director Min Bahadur Bham and has been delighting audiences around Europe. In 2001, in a remote Nepalese village, we find Prakash and Kiran, two 12-year-olds, who despite belonging to different castes, are inseparable best mates. They decide on a plan to raise a hen to earn some money by selling its eggs. Their new business venture seems to be working, but as times get hard, Prakash’s father sells off all his chickens including the boy’s hen. Prakash and Kiran find out that their hen has been sold to an old man many villages away and set out on an adventure to liberate their prized fowl. However, in their single-minded obsession, the youngsters are oblivious to the growing civil war brewing in the region and they soon find themselves travelling through some very dangerous territory, where their friendship will be put to the test.
Min Bahadur Bham