This is an intimate portrait of a state-run hospital in Kalikot, one of Nepal’s remotest and poorest districts. It’s the kind of posting that medical personnel usually avoid or from which they quickly make their escape. In addition to showing the doctors and nurses caring for the sick, the film offers a revealing glimpse into how ordinary Nepalis cope with their lot, without drama, and often with humanity and humour, while laying bare some grimmer fissures of Nepali society.
Kesang Tseten’s documentaries have regularly screened in Nepal and in international film festivals such as the International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam, Leipzig International Documentary Festival, Yamagata, Thessaloniki, Krakow, Viennale and Margaret Mead Film festival. Before filmmaking, Tseten was a writer/editor and associate editor of Himal Magazine in its early years. He is a graduate of Dr. Graham’s School in India and Amherst College and Columbia University in the US.
His filmography includes: Listen to the Wind (1999); We Homes Chaps (2001); On the road with the red god: Machhendranath (2005); We Corner People (2007); Frames of War (2008); In Search of the Riyal (2009); Saving Dolma (2010), The Desert Eats Us (2011); Who will be a Gurkha (2012); Men at Work (2013); Castaway Man (2015), Hospital (2016); and Trembling Mountain (2016). He has won several awards, including for the best film at the Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival, the Slovenia Mountain Film Festival, Kendall Mountain Film Festival and Ladakh Film Festival. He has also won awards for scriptwriting and a special mention at the Grand Prix Bilan du ethnographique for direction.