Dir. Paakhi Tyrewala. 2017, 79 mins. DCP. Narrative. U.S. Premiere. In Sikkimese/Nepalese with English subtitles. With Ishika Gurung, Anmoul Limboo, Manju KC Nanu. When three young Nepalese children, including a baby brother, are separated from their parents as they flee into Sikkim, they hear tales from other villagers about the supposed evil deeds of the Christian priests that will take them in. Amrita and her brother Pranay decide to go off by themselves in order to survive. In a new land, they survive only on the kindness of the hill people and their resolve to protect each other. A heartwarming and family friendly debut feature from director Paakhi Tyrewala, Pahuna is produced by Priyanka Chopra and her mother Dr. Madhu Chopra as part of a planned series of films set in India’s cinematically underrepresented areas.
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