It’s been screened at a few film festival events and recently in its home country Bhutan. Now, local film Honeygiver Among The Dogs will be premiering in Singapore at a Buddhist film festival this September.
In the past years, Thus Have I Seen Buddhist Film Festival (THISBFF) - which is into its 5th edition this year - showcased films about Bhutan and Buddhism. But this year is the first time that a film made by a Bhutanese filmmaker will be screened at the festival, scheduled to be held from Sept 22 to 29.
Director of Honeygiver Among The Dogs, Dechen Roder, is considered as one of the first female filmmakers in Bhutan. The 2016 film is her debut feature, which she merges spirituality and tradition, with the classic hallmarks of the film noir genre.
Honeygiver Among The Dogs revolves around detective Kinley (played by actor Jamming Jamtsho Wangchuk), who is sent to a remote region of Bhutan to investigate the disappearance of a Buddhist nun. He goes undercover and enters a risky alliance with his only suspect, a mysterious and alluring young woman named Choden (played by actress Sonam Tasha Choden), known to the villagers as a demoness. As Choden draws Kinley into her world, his supervisor takes him off the case, sending Kinley spiralling into delirium and nightmares.
Dechen has been producing short films and documentaries since 2004, most of which have screened on national television in Bhutan. Her short films have been featured at festivals in Hong Kong, India, Bhutan and Japan.
The 37-year-old, who will be travelling to Singapore to attend the festival, will also be holding a dialogue on Sept 23, with female Taiwanese filmmaker Lin Li Fang on overcoming challenges faced in making films with religious themes.