'Chyanti' won the best dramatic short film at the El Dorado Film Festival 2017. 'Don't kill the goat!' is what I heard from a few students at the other side of the classroom. I was invited by the El Dorado Film Festival to showcase 'Chyanti' and talked about character development, story and producing at the El Dorado High School in Arkansas. I was surprised that the 9th graders not only responded by our film but were fully engaged as well.
As I was doing research for my presentation at the El Dorado High School, 'Chyanti' screenwriter, Sampada Malla reminded me of a repeating metaphor that I missed the first time around '...and in the opening scene we see how he washes his blood stained army clothes and hides it in his bag, changing into fresh clothes trying to hide the brutality of the war, but as the movie progresses, unknowingly he gifts the same blood shed dress (the one he had brought for his daughter for the festival) to his daughter, and we see the daughter washing off the blood stains from the dress, in the closing scene, just like her father.'
Director Veemsen Lama summarizes 'Chyanti' best: 'our new film Chyanti has an authentic Nepalese mountainous village story, which you have never seen and experienced before. For the very first time we are trying to play with the use of metaphors, layers and the simple story of a father daughter relationship.'
This has been such a joyous ride for everyone that had worked on our little film from Mustang, Nepal with has a big soul and a big story. I would like to thank our crew, cast and El Dorado Film Festival that gave us a chance to tell a story that touched everyone's heart.