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The Black Hen

UK Release Date Friday, 09 December 2016
Certificate 12A
Director Min Bahadur Bham
Cast Khadka Raj Nepali, Sukra Raj Rokaya, Jit Bahadur Malla, Hansha Khadka, Benisha Hamal
Distributor Verve Pictures

Synopsis



In the midst of the 10-year civil war in Nepal, two boys, Prakash and Kiran, embark on a journey together during a ceasefire to repossess a missing hen which they had raised together. They soon learn of the violence entrenched in the civil war when they are caught unaware in a clash between the fighting forces. Their journey, both physical and psychological, paints a social panorama that displays the interconnectedness of the diverse and fragmented social fabric amidst the national crisis.

The Black Hen displays impeccable command of cinematic language for a first feature – incisive control of filmic duration and composition, with brief refrains into dream segments through the use of tableau vivants coaxed into motion. The use of non-professional actors further defines the character of the narrative that is primarily driven by an unassuming hen which represents the people’s common struggle for sustenance.
 

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