The Black Hen

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Nepal | 2015 | 90 minutes | Min Bahadur Bham

In a Nepalese village ravaged by civil war, two boys from different castes become close friends while bonding over raising an egg-laying hen, but find their plans derailed and their lives upended as they become caught in a clash between fighting forces.

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The year is 2001, the protracted civil war between the Nepalese government and the insurgent Maoists is winding down, and a tenuous cease-fire is enacted. In a small war-torn village in northern Nepal, this comes as a welcome relief. The village chief's grandson, Kiran, and his best friend Prakash, the son of a servant, just want to get their chicken back. Prakash's father sold the chicken to an old man in the next village, but the boys need it to sell its eggs, hoping to save enough to pay for Prakash's education and break the cycle of poverty to which his family has been condemned. As they set out to retrieve their hen, the cease-fire breaks down and hostilities resume, and the boys soon find themselves sucked into the increasingly chaotic events surrounding them. Director Min Bahadur Bham brings alive his own childhood in eastern Nepal, drawing incidents and stories from his own life. The Black Hen is an evocative first film about harsh lives unraveling in a devastated land, with a deft combination of humor and tragedy.

Director Biography
An award-winning young filmmaker from Nepal, Min Bahadur Bham graduated in Nepali Literature and Filmmaking, His short film The Flute (2012) made history as the first Nepali film presented at the Venice International Film Festival. The Black Hen is his feature-length debut.

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  • Original Language Title: Kalo Pothi
  • Director: Min Bahadur Bham
  • Principal Cast: Khadka Raj Nepali, Sukra Raj Royaka, Jit Bahadur Malla, Hansha Khadka
  • Country: Nepal, Germany, France
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 90 minutes
  • Producer: Catherine Dussart, Anna Katchko, Min Bahadur Bham, Tsering Rhitar Sherpa
  • Screenplay: Min Bahadur Bham, Abinash Bikram Shah
  • Cinematographers: Aziz Zhambakiyev
  • Editors: Nimesh Shrestha, Aziz Zhambakiyev
  • Music: Jason Kunwor
  • Awards: Venice International Film Festival 2015 (Best Film)
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Nepalese
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Wide Management