Filmfest 2016

Northern Nepal, 2001: While government forces and Maoist rebels keep a fragile ceasefire, the two young friends Kiran and Prakash try to earn money selling eggs in their village. When their hen disappears, they have to set out in search of it through a country ravaged by poverty and civil war.
“This film is shot in my home village Mugu. I want to bring the audience's attention to a region so beautiful yet wrought with unimaginable hardships. The two young protagonists, as well as most other roles, are nonprofessional actors selected from the local community.” - Min Bahadur Bham

tags: Childhood, War, Crisis/Revolution, Journey, Feature film

Cast: Khadka Raj Nepali, Sukra Raj Rokaya, Jit Bahadur Malla, Hansha Khadka, Benisha Hamal, Nanda Prashad Khatri, Bipin Karki, Pravin Khatiwada


Screenplay: Min Bahadur Bham, Abinash Bikram Shah

Director of Photography: Aziz Zhambakiyev

Film Editor: Nimesh Shrestha, Aziz Zhambakiyev

Composer: Jason Kunwor

Production Designer: Suman Nidhi Sharma

Costume Design: Nanda Keshar Bham, Tara Khatri

Sound: Bipin Stahpit

Producer: Tsering Rita Sherpa

Production Company: Mila Production

Co-Producer: Catherine Dussart, Anna Katchko, Min Bahadur Bham

Co-Production Company: CDP, Tandem, Shooney Films

World Sales: Wide Management

Director: Min Bahadur Bham


Born in 1984, Min Bahadur Bham graduated in Nepali Literature and Filmmaking and has a Post Graduate Degree in Buddhist Philosophy and Political Science. His short film THE FLUTE (2012) was the first Nepali film at Venice Film Festival and won the Jury Award at Toronto Nepali Film Festival. He participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus and attended the Asian Film Academy at Busan International Film Festival in 2013 where he was awarded The Outstanding Fellow Award. Min Bahadur Bham is a President of the Independent Film Society of Nepal and Assistant Professor at Oscar College of Film Studies. He owns a production company, Shooney Films. THE BLACK HEN is his debut film and the first Nepali long-feature film screened in Venice.