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THE NEXT GUARDIAN

Directed by ARUN BHATTARAI | 71' | Bhutan

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Synopsis

Brother-sister Gyembo and Tashi are normal teenagers, loving soccer and their phones. Their father oversees a Buddhist temple that has been in the family for generations and wants the son to one day take over his duties. The son has other ideas. The generation gap is as large as their love for one another. Meanwhile, Tashi dreams of a life as a professional soccer player. Though happiness is high on the political agenda in Bhutan, not all wishes come true.

ABOUT DIRECTOR

Arun Bhattarai (Bhutan) graduated from the DocNomads Joint Master for which he was awarded the Erasmus Mundus scholarship. The Next Guardian (2017) premiered at IDFA in the First Appearance Competition and traveled in as many as 40 international festivals. Bhattarai’s second feature-length documentary Kelden, supported by The Asia Pitch 2016, will be screened in NHK World, KBS and Media Corpe. He has worked at Bhutan’s only Television station (BBS) as a program producer for six years.

FSA Year :   2019
Runtime :  71'
Language :   Bhutanese,
Country :   Bhutan,
Director :   ARUN BHATTARAI, DOROTTYA ZURBO
Producer :  
Release Year :   2017

FILM AT FESTIVAL

Selection Type: Main
Festival Edition: 2019
Award: