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BICMA bars screening of Hema Hema

Kinley Yangden, Thimphu
Dec 21, 2016

Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority (BICMA), disapproved the screening of Bhutanese film, “Hema Hema: Sing Me Song While I Wait”.

The Authority has forwarded the matter to the Department of Culture and is yet to hear from them.

The film was supposed to be premiered in Thimphu on December 19.

The producer of the film, Pawo Choyning Dorji said BICMA felt that they have inappropriately used the “Lha-tshog” masks.

“But we never mentioned that the particular mask was a Lha. Rinpoche himself said that many Lha are represented by the same mask as demons and Lu contents”, said Pawo Choyning Dorji.

The producer also said that the film was seen as the most successful Bhutanese films abroad.

“All I wanted was to let our film strike a chord with Bhutanese audience and lovers of art. It is very unfortunate that we cannot screen the movie,” added the producer.

“Hema Hema: sing me a song while I wait” had a special mention at the Toronto International Film Festival this year.  The film was also screened at several other international film festivals.

The film was conceptualised, written, and directed by his eminence Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse.

Hema Hema is a film about an exploration of one man’s journey through bardo, the state between life and death and the choices he encounters there. Men and women gather every 12 years to enjoy a few days of anonymity.


2 Comments for “BICMA bars screening of Hema Hema”

  1. Dorji

    Their stupidity knows no bounds. They think it’s culturally inappropriate when we have huge array of inappropriate TV programs and access to the most inappropriate internet sites.

    BICMA really needs to grow. They think they can stunt our growth with their medieval mentality.

  2. tashi wangchuk

    I have been excited and was waiting eagerly for the movie to come home but this news have saddened me and I understand many like me. This movie as per my reading teaches many things which is of course deep rooted with our lives n religion. I request the concerned authorities to please reconsider the decision and allow the movie to be screened in bhutan.

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