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Dolma, 18 returns to her village after completing her middle school with her nearest friend Phurba. She has high hope of doing something worth in her village which she shares with her. Dolma's father, Karma in his late 50s has quite opposite plan. He plans to perform a fake marriage of her with his nephew, a US citizen and send her to the States so as to raise the standard of the family's condition. One-day Dolma shares a plan of starting English language class with Phurba after observing the pity situation of women in the village. Phurba only could wish her best because she could not take part in the plan. She explains that her father was sending her to Saudi Arabia for employment. Dolma farewells her dear friend with heavy heart. Dolma finds herself lonely and questions her honest intentions with her mother Kinjo, early 50s. Mother consoles her and supports whole-heartedly to her plan. Then Dolma initiates her English language class. This initiation irritates the male members of the village. They call out series of meeting to cancel the program of Dolma. In contrast, Dolma finds herself supported by the women, Phurba from foreign land and principal of her village-school where she conducts her classes. Dolma excels in teaching the women. The women are now capable to understand the strange language called English. They pay respect to her by singing an English song amid a village function. Despite her father's forceful attempt to send her to the States, she rather grows more matured in conducting large scale social works in various parts of the country for which she gets rewarded by the president of Nepal.

  • Pasang Dawa Sherpa
  • Pasang Dawa Sherpa
  • Vinod Sekhar
  • Darren Shaw
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    45 minutes
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    February 10, 2021
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    20,000 USD
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Director Biography - Pasang Dawa Sherpa

Pasang Dawa Sherpa is a Nepal based Independent filmmaker & Producer. He earned bachelor's degree in Screenplay writing and film direction in 2013. His graduation film, Rattling Fan, honored with audience Choice and best Film Critics award in Ekadeshma and Sahar International Short Film Festival.
His following short film as director and producer, Life Liberation, Dream and Cave screened at London Short Film Festival, Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival, Ekadeshma, Nepal America International Film Festival and few other International Film Festivals worldwide.
His works as an editor include; Bagthan (2022) short fiction by Sunil Pandey screened at Rotterdam, Junko (2021) short fiction by Minsho Limbu Screened at Fribourg, Torino, POFF Shorts Black Nights Film Festival, Barking Dogs (2021) short fiction by Saurav Ghimire won best experimental award at Tasveer SAFF, Wings (2018) short fiction by Kiran Pokharel won Grand Prize winner Nespresso Talents.
Currently, he is developing his debut feature film project, A Hidden Tale Behind the Mist, which was participated in four International platforms including Marche Du Film Festival De Cannes, 2021 and NFDC Film Bazaar Co-production market 2020 and won IFI-PAS award.

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Director Statement

Dolma tells the story of a brave hearted young woman who succeeds in empowering women in her village despite of the constant obstruction from the forces of patriarchy. Dolma has high hopes that she will be able to conduct such social works throughout many Asian countries. From a simple young woman in a rural village to a nationally renowned figure, Dolma is aiming big to collaborate with other Asian countries. This means she is advancing in her ambition. Dolma's ambition is equally relatable to the theme of Advancing Asia. As an Asian woman she is moving forward to achieve her hopes and ambition.
The condition of the women in Dolma's village has been improved in the film. Similarly, the men realize that they cannot rule the women with any kind of discrimination against them. In this way, the village seems advanced in many ways. After couple of years, when Dolma is successful in many different parts of Nepal. She helps the different regions to advance in their ways for which is awarded by the president. Advancement in the social sector of Nepal is in a way advancement of Asia. Thus, the theme 'Advancing Asia' is applied to this short film. In Overall Dolma represent the generation of this new era who can make their own voice and proved that in many new ways. No one can stop them to get their dreams.