The Black Hen
It’s 2001 and a temporary ceasefire brings a much-needed break to a small, war-torn village in Northern Nepal. As the residents of the village breathe a sigh of relief, the village chief’s grandson, Kiran, sets off with his best friend Prakash, the son of a servant, to find the hen they’ve been raising together in order to sell its eggs. Despite being divided by caste and social creed the friends remain inseparable and blissfully unaware of the fragility of the ceasefire which they may soon be caught between. This deeply touching drama made history as the first Nepali film to be presented at the Venice International Film Festival.
…poised storytelling, heartrending performances and cinematic imagery galore. HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
Geographically the ‘Roof of the World’ is the area with the world’s highest mountains – the Himalayas. Our strand of films takes in Tibet, Nepal, Afghanistan and Mongolia, as cinematically they all contain the same themes and imagery. Of the seven films there are five which are about children discovering the world and their place within it, while surrounded by some of the most breathtaking scenery on Earth. A young girl wants to defy convention and become an eagle hunter (The Eagle Huntress), two boys need to retrieve their hen so the poor one can use the money to feed his family (The Black Hen), when a movie producer buys a boys favourite camel he sets out to get it back (Celestial Camel) and when a family is about to lose their farm a young boy enters a dangerous horse race to save his families livelihood (Zud). In the developed world our youth can become too concerned with their phones and social status, but in other areas of the world childhood fears and responsibilities can be far greater. Buy any 3 Roof of the World films for £15.
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