“Saas Fere Jasto Lagcha” screens at TNFF
Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton St, Toronto)
SAVAC is proud to partner with the Toronto Nepali Film Festival for their presentation of Saas Fere Jasto Lagcha.
Saas Fere Jasto Lagcha (Breathing am I?)
Dir: Santosh Bhattarai
Nepal, 2012, 25:32 min
Nepali w/ English subtitles
This non-linear fiction follows four dynamic characters: a fashion model who is in a coma in ICU; an abused young middle-class housewife who is plotting revenge; an imprisoned political activist during an autocratic monarchical regime; and a young seamstress who longs for her lover. The film pushes the boundaries of cinematic tropes with minimal dialogue, inconceivable attention to sound, and immaculate cinematography. Set within the confining spaces of Kathmandu, the film is as much about breathing as it is about suffocation.
Director: Santosh Bhattarai
Santosh Bhattarai happily fell into the world of filmmaking without any formal training in it. He has a Master’s degree in Management and Rural Development. Before making films, he was involved with various organizations in Nepal at various capacities and has worked with the street children in Kathmandu, orphan children in Humla, the Bhutanese refugees settled in eastern Nepal, and HIV infected women and children across Nepal. An avid writer of his experiences in the form of prose and poems, Saas Fere Jasto Lagchaha is realized from of one of his poems. He co-wrote the short film Ma Kushi Chu (2011) and wrote and directed Aawartan (2013).