Asian New Force Category Finalist
Dadyaa - The Woodpeckers of Rotha
Bibhusan Basnet, Pooja Gurung
Nepal and India / Col / 16’ 08” / In Nepali with English subtitles
Atimaley and Devi's village is haunted by memories. When a dear friend leaves the village without saying goodbye, the old couple face a dilemma. To keep living with the memories or to leave the village for good?
Why create anything when everything ends as dust and grime? Is it for the sake of remembrance? Is it for the immortality of the subject or the “artist” itself? Or for the hope that our “work of art” will one day come alive and lift our souls from this mess of life ? Dadyaa started out as an exercise to test these very themes around an old couple in the highlands of Jumla. But once again, life happened and the wonderful mess around it helped us as directors to draw parallels between our fictious world and the reality that exists in remote Nepal.