The Next Guardian

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In a remote village in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, Gyembo (16) and Tashi (15) aimlessly roam while their father meticulously polishes the ancient relics inside the altar of their family monastery. This family has been taking care of the monastery from one generation to the next for thousands of years. Following tradition, the father wants his son Gyembo to carry on the family heritage but he has other desires just like his transgender sister. The film through bittersweet micro-situations takes us inside a Bhutanese family where the contrasting dreams of two generations are caught in a time clash.

Director Arun Bhattarai / Dorottya Zurbó
Location Bhutan
Duration 28 min.
Genre Family / Human Interest / Life
Air Date (JST) Mon., Feb. 4, 2019 *rerun
Mon., Dec. 17, 2018

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Director

Arun Bhattarai

Arun Bhattarai

Biography

Arun Bhattarai (Samtse, Bhutan, 1985) graduated from the first edition of Docnomads Joint Masters 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 programs for more than 5 years. His short documentaries have been screened in festivals like Prix Jeunesse Festival, Germany and Alparvima Film Festival, India. He developed his first feature-length documentary (The Next Guardian) on several international workshops and pitching forums (IDFAcademy Summer School, Dare to Dream, TokyoDocs, AIDC). The film was supported by the IDFA Bertha Fund and it was premiered at IDFA- First Appearance Competition 2017. He has just finished his second feature-length documentary (Kelden) supported by The Asia Pitch 2016. He is currently developing a new feature-length documentary (Lily) about one of the first woman candidates running for election in Bhutan. He has his own production company (Sound Pictures) dedicated to creative documentaries. He is one of the few independent documentary filmmakers in Bhutan.

Filmography

[Arun Bhattarai's selected filmography]
2018 KELDEN (director)
2017 THE NEXT GUARDIAN (co-director & cinematographer)
2014 DREAM BEATS (director)
2014 REFLECTIONS (director)
2013 TINTIN IN BHUTAN (director)
2013 BUDDHA’S BIRTHDAY IN BUDAPEST (director)

Director

Dorottya Zurbó

Dorottya Zurbó

Biography

Dorottya Zurbó (Budapest, Hungary, 1988) graduated from the first edition of DocNomads Joint Master for which she was awarded full Erasmus Mundus scholarship in Lisbon, Budapest and Brussels. She is also an honours graduate in film theory and history from ELTE, Budapest. Currently she is a PhD candidate at the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest. Her short films have won several awards and have been screened in many festivals (Verzió, One World, Doclisboa, Zagrebdox, Astra). Her latest short documentary (Distance; 2017) was premiered at the Jihlava IDFF. Her first feature length documentary (The Next Guardian; 2017 co-director) shot in Bhutan was premiered at IDFA - First Appearance Competition and participated in more than 35 international film festivals so far (True/False, Ambulante, DOK.fest München, San Fransisco IDFF). She has just completed her first directorial debut Easy Lessons, a feature-length documentary premiered at the Locarno Film Festival's Critics Week 2018. The film was suppoerted by the Incubator Program of the Hungarian National Film Fund and it is screening at festivals currently. She was invited to the IDFAcademy Summer School 2015. She was part of Sarajevo Talent Campus 2015. She was awarded with a scholarship for young emerging artists from the Hungarian Academy of Arts for one year in 2015.

Filmography

[Dorottya Zurbó's selected filmography]
2018 EASY LESSONS (director)
2017 THE NEXT GUARDIAN (co-director)
2016 SONGS ABOUT HOME (director)
2016 DISTANCE (director)
2015 BEHIND THE MIRROR (director)
2015 OVER THE RIVER (director)
2013 SUNDAY LUNCH (director)

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