|UK Release Date||Friday, 09 December 2016|
|Director||Min Bahadur Bham|
|Cast||Khadka Raj Nepali, Sukra Raj Rokaya, Jit Bahadur Malla, Hansha Khadka, Benisha Hamal|
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.