BFFE - Darkhan + Home Alone
Documentary film about the world-famous sculptor and artist Dashi Namdakov. Written and directed by Guka Omarova (Schizo, Native Dancer) and produced by two-time Oscar nominated Russian filmmaker, Sergei Bodrov (Mongol).
Darkhan tells the magical and inspiring story of Buryat Buddhist Dashi Namdakov, who as a boy was stricken with a life-threatening illness. He was healed by a local shaman and grew up to become a wildly talented and successful artist.
About himself, Dashi says that he is only a link in a long chain of Darkhans, artisans whom Genghis Khan valued.
Meme Tshering, a 95 years old man living alone in his place of birth in a remote village in Eastern Bhutan, reflects on his children leaving the village, a diminishing community. He also reflects on his life as a whole. Home Alone highlights the bitter truth and effects of rural-urban migration, the loss of vitality in rural areas and modernisation. Loday Chophel, BH, 2017, 9 min.