Directed By: Min Bham
Release Year: 2015
Length: 1 hour 30 minutes
Language(s): Regional Nepali, with Nepali subtitles
Kalo Pothi, winner of the Best Film Award at Venice International Film Critics’ Week, follows the life of a young boy named Prakash, who is from a small village located in Mugu district of Nepal. The boy, who belongs to the lower caste in Nepal, owns little but is content with what he has until he wishes to watch a local film, which is a very occasional custom for him. To buy the tickets, he decides to earn money by stealing a hen and selling its eggs. He succeeds at stealing a hen and it is all fun games after that until his older sister decides to leave him and his father to sneak away and join the Maoist group. Everything goes downhill for Prakash after that as his father sells his chicken without letting his son know. Therefore, Prakash and his pal, Kiran, venture out into the dangerous nooks and crannies of Mugu to find Prakash’s beloved hen.
Kalo Pothi is very contextual, real, and symbolic of Nepalese village life, especially that of Western Nepal during the Maoist Civil War of 1996-2006. The movie was a spectacular watch for me because, among the many movies that get made in Nepalese cinema, Kalo Pothi is by far, the most meaningful, different, and riveting. The themes that weave this story are not only powerful but also meaningful for all Nepalese. Kalo Pothi is a film that will not let people forget about the darker, reformative past of Nepalese history. Kalo Pothi is also, from my POV, one of the best films made in the Nepali cinema in terms of cinematography—you cannot take this film for granted because the film is visually and contextually one of the best in the industry.
As an audience, you will laugh, cry, and experience a unique creation—one that does not get made quite often.
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