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Film: Soongava: Dance of the Orchids


Soongava: Dance of the Orchids Click for Program Details: Dance of the Orchids (Soongava) »
Director(s):
Subarna Thapa
Category:
Fiction
Subject:
Asian/Asian Diaspora
Country:
France, Nepal
Language:
Nepali
Subtitles:
English
Year:
2012
Runtime:
85:00
Trailer:
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Katmandu-born, France-based writer/director, Subarna Thapa, has made waves with his inaugural feature-length film, the first from the Himalayan country to grapple with same-sex love.

On one level, Soongava is a tenderly told girl-meets-girl story. Diya (Deeya Maskey) is a teacher and dancer who falls for Kiran (Nisha Adhikari) just when Diya's family have found her a suitable boy to marry. But when the women's relationship comes to light, we see how unwilling their tightly knit families—and Nepalese society—are to accept their choice. Motherly complaints ripple outward, producing dark and malevolent reactions at home and within the community. The tension between Hindu traditions and modern morŽs is palpable when Diya arrives home late from a nightclub or meets with her fiancŽ without a chaperone.

With its backdrop of mountain vistas, traffic jams and a touching dance piece, Soongava offers us a uniquely queer entry point into life in contemporary Katmandu.