Rain in the Mirror # 156

Rain in the Mirror

11:15, Friday 14th June, CMB 1&2

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  • Director/Anthropologist: Nilanjan Bhattacharya, Kanchan Mukhopadhayay
  • Year of Release: 2012
  • Duration: 48 mins
  • Country of Production: India
  • Location: Sikkim, India
  • Ethnic Group: Bhutia
  • Language: Hindi, Bhutia (English)

Dorji Bhutia, a Buddhist monk and a reputed mask-maker with supernatural powers of bringing or stopping rain chose a self-determined death at the age of eighty-six. Dorji leaves his mystic image behind but not the mantras to control rain. His son, Duduk, a mask-maker and a compulsive lottery player believes that Sonam, his ten-year-old-son will get the power by the time he grows up. Sonam himself also aspires to this.

Set in Sikkim in the eastern Himalayas of India, spread over nine years, Rain in the Mirror follows Sonam’s journey to manhood through the conflicting milieus of tradition and modernity.

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