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THE BLACK HEN

Director: MIN BAHADUR BHAM

90 MINS, 2015, NEPAL, DIGITAL, SUBTITLED


This film was released 16th December 2016, and is no longer screening.

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Nepal, 2001; a temporary ceasefire in the ongoing civil war between the government and insurgent Maoists brings some welcome relief to an isolated community where inseparable friends Kiran, the village chief’s grandson, and Prakash, the son of a servant, are taking care of a hen given to Prakash by his sister with hopes of raising some money by selling eggs.

The boys’ fanciful plans of making enough money to pay for Prakash’s education and end his family’s cycle of poverty are thrown into disarray when the hen goes missing, leading them to set off on a clandestine rescue mission.

With a premise that references the social realist cinema movements of the ‘50s, Nepalese filmmaker Min Bahadur Bham’s assured debut is a humanist exploration of friendship threatened by both class and conflict. (Notes by David O’Mahony.)

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