In 2009, the film In search of the Riyal looked at men from marginalized communities who went to the Gulf to work, four younger men, who worked as scaffolders, and an older man who’d already been a security guard in the Gulf for many years. A decade later, the filmmaker sets out to find where they are and also how they fared over this stretch of time, thereby revealing the personal and social forces that shape migrant trajectories.
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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