When Light Goes

In the bank of the Saptakoshi river, in eastern Nepal, a poor old age couple inhabits in solitude. They live in the dreams and memories of their children who abandoned them in their old age. Their life surrounds in the midst of hope and hopelessness that their children will come home one day.

  • Pratish hrestha
  • pratish shrestha
  • pratish shrestha
  • prem prashad adhikari
  • Shiv Narayan Mandal
    Key Cast
  • Kishni Mandal
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Jaba Prakash Jancha
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Docu-fiction, Slow Cinema, Poetic-realism
  • Runtime:
    22 minutes 26 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
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  • Shooting Format:
    red 1
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Oscar International College, Kathmandu
  • Nepal International Film Festival
    July 22, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Nepal Human Rights International Film Festival
    December 18, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Pame Internatinal Film Festival
    December 27, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Nepal Cultural international film festival
    December 27, 2022
    official selection
  • Something Like a film festival
    June 9, 2023
    official selection
Director Biography - Pratish hrestha

I am a film college graduate student from Barahachettra Municipality, Koshi Province, Nepal. "when Light Goes" is my graduation project. I am exploring cinema as an art form through which i can express myself, my inner voice and the reflection of society in which i live in. i am interested in socio-political realism form and also spiritualism in cinema. I am exploring poetic-realism narrative style, Slow and experimental type of filmaking from the beginning of my cinema journey till yet.

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Director Statement

For me life is very beautiful, painful, doubtful and absurd sometimes. It is a combination of different colours where we face many kinds of emotions and situations. Life is hence changing at every moment whether by our own will or by the law of nature.
For me cinema is everything. It is my deep passion and the meaning of my survival. i feel so thankful to everything that i am here as a filmmaker in this planet from which i can create my own world and vision through the medium of cinema. i love to show my perspective through cinema because the canvas of cinema is boarder than any other art form.
" When Light Goes" is slow cinema based on a true story of a husband and wife of my home town chakraghatti, which is in the bank of saptakoshi river. The characters seen in the film are the real characters, the settings are also real. There is almost everything real and organic in this film. Nothing big has been made changed before or while shooting. i've known the main characters personally since my childhood because we are from same locality. One day when i was talking with them, the main character SHIV NARAYAN MANDAL told me his painful story about their sons who abandoned and went away from them. i felt so sad by hearing his painful reality. So i decided to make film of their own story. Hence the jorney of "When Light Goes" started from there.