JHA LO goes to Busan Film Festival

KATHMANDU: Another feather on the cap for the Nepali film industry as a short film directed by Buddhist Monk Shenang Gyamjo Tamang (Khenpo Shelnang) — JHA LO (Year of the Bird) — has been selected in competitive short film section at the 21st Busan International Film Festival, South Korea.

The 15-minute-film is among the 10 films selected for the Asian Short Film Competition under Wide Angle section of the festival.

“I had made JHA LO as a film lover. I had no expectations but they liked my film which has motivated me to go for my next film,” the director expressed about the good news adding, “I am feeling good about it.” Though a monk, he now feels “responsible for the film industry”.

JHA LO (Year of the Bird) is a story of two Buddhist monks — teacher and student. A troubled young monk Tashi with no perspective is sent to a retreat centre, far from the monastery with his master Paljor, who is an old monk and suffocating from guilt.

At the retreat centre, the lives of the two troubled souls are changed forever as they encounter each other’s existence.

Starring Jigme Palden and Thiley Gurung, the film is in the Tibetan language. It has been shot in Mustang. The story has been written by Tamang, Abinash Bikram Shah, Kiran Shrestha, Ashim Khanal and Sanjaya Chaulagain, while Shah is responsible for the screenplay.