Film southasia

"Festival of southasian documentries"

Saving Dolma

Directed by KESANG TSETEN | |



The film follows the story of Dolma, a Nepali maid sentenced to death for allegedly killing a fellow Filipino domestic worker in Kuwait. As the movie searches for truth in the event, it provides a rare glimpse into the fractured lives of ill-prepared women migrant workers in the Gulf States.

[director]Kesang Tseten is the director of numerous documentaries such as Hami kunako manchhe (‘We corner people’), the winner of the Best Nepali Documentary award at the 2006 Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival; On the Road with the Red God: Machhendranath, winner of the Grand Prize at the 2006 Kendal Mountain Film Festival; and In Search of the Riyal premiered at the 2010 International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam (IDFA).[/director]


KesangTseten’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, the Margaret Mead Film festival. We Homes Chaps, On the road with the red god: Machhendranath, We Corner People, Who will be a Gurkha and his trilogy of films on Nepali migrant workers in the Gulf have won wide recognition. Men at Work, part of a South Asian Masculinities project, and Castaway Man, part of a South Asian Project on justice, followed.His most recent films are Hospital and Trembling Mountain, which premiered at IDFA and was awarded 2nd Prize in the International Category. Tseten has been recipient of grants from Busan, IDFA and the Sundance Institute for his films. He wrote the original screenplay for the feature Mukundo, which was Nepal’s entry to the academy awards, and KARMA. Before filmmaking Tseten wrote and edited and was 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.

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