The Next Guardian

Arun Bhattarai, Dorottya Zurbó | Bhutan, Hungary | 2017 | 74 minutes

SYNOPSIS

In a remote village in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, Gyembo (16) and his sister Tashi (15) aimlessly roam while their father meticulously polishes the ancient relics inside the altar of their private monastery. This family has been taking care of the temple from one generation to the next for thousands of years. Unlike their father whose life revolves around the monastery, Gyembo and Tashi have grown up with desires that go beyond the confines of this sacred place. While Gyembo wants to become a footballer he is the only confidante for Tashi who identifies herself as a boy. Following tradition, the father wants Gyembo to carry on the family heritage. He genuinely believes that the only way for Gyembo to accumulate good Karma is to leave school and dedicate his life towards religion. This film explores the irony of two generations with contrasting dreams living alongside each other. The outcome of the generation gap is a bittersweet story of a family caught in a time clash.

OTHER DETAILS

Production Company
Éclipse Film
Sound Pictures
KRO-NCRV

Website
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PROGRAMS PARTICIPATED

Dare to Dream Asia

ACHIEVEMENT

Best First Appearance Nominee
World Premiere
IDFA
2017

Golden Gate Award Nominee
San Francisco
International Film Festival
2018

Best Documentary Award
Zsigmond Vilmos
International Film Festival
2018

Best Documentary Award
Film Festival
della Lessinia
2018

Best Documentary Award
Bhutan Film
Association
2018

Official Selection
MoMA
Doc Fortnight
2019

Grant
IDFA Bertha Fund
Classic & Europe
2018

FILMMAKERS

The Next Guardian-Arun Bhattarai

ARUN BHATTARAI
DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, CINEMATOGRAPHER

Arun Bhattarai graduated from the first edition of DocNomads Joint Master, for which he was awarded a full Erasmus Mundus scholarship in Lisbon, Budapest and Brussels. Prior to this, he was working at the Bhutan Broadcasting Service (BBS) as a TV director for youth documentaries and TV programmes for more than 5 years. Most of his documentaries have been screened on BBS Television and also festivals like Prix Jeunesse Festival and Alparvima Film Festival. Now he is working as one of the few independent documentary filmmakers in Bhutan.

The Next Guardian-Dorottya Zurbo

DOROTTYA ZURBÓ
DIRECTOR

Dorottya Zurbó graduated from the first edition of DocNomads Joint Master for which she was awarded full Erasmus Mundus scholarship in Lisbon, Budapest and Brussels. In 2015, she was invited to the IDFAcademy Summer School and was part of Sarajevo Talent Campus. Besides The Next Guardian, she has made her first directorial debut alone with Easy Lessons (2018), which is supported by the Incubator Program of the Hungarian National Film Fund and screened in Hot Docs, Locarno, Camden, Thessaloniki and many more.

The Next Guardian-Julianna Ugrin

JULIANNA UGRIN
PRODUCER

Julianna Ugrin, owner and producer of Éclipse Film, an independent film production company founded in 2011, has developed and produced films on an international level for more than 10 years. Films produced by her were screened, nominated and awarded at international festivals like Sundance, IDFA, LOCARNO, DOK Leipzig, Hot Docs, Sheffield or Sarajevo. She is EURODOC and an EAVE graduate. She is an organizer of DunaDOCK Master Class & Pitching series, member of EDN, of the Hungarian and of the European Film Academy.

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