Nepali Documentary ‘Co-Husband’ Wins Big in Canada

Director Ganesh Panday’s compelling documentary, ‘Co-Husband’ (Sahayak Shreeman), has added another prestigious accolade to its list by winning the Best Short Film award at the Society of Visual Anthropology Film and Media Festival in Toronto, Canada. The 35-minute film explores the unique polyandrous marriage customs practiced by Lama populations in Nepal’s mountainous regions, providing a captivating glimpse into a cultural phenomenon.

International Recognition

The recognition in Canada follows ‘Co-Husband’s’ earlier triumphs, where it secured the Best Documentary Film award at the Nepal International Film Festival (NIFF) in February 2020. The film continued to make waves, earning the Grand Prix Award at the Kans International Video Festival in Russia (August 2020) and the Honorable Mention Award at the 29th International Festival of Mountain Films in Poprad, Slovakia (2021). It also clinched the Best Documentary Film Award at the Nepal-Africa Film Festival, the Simla International Film Festival in India, and the Best International Documentary Film Award at the Cobb International Film Festival.

The Toronto Victory

Director Ganesh Panday and producer Sharda Gaire were presented with the Best Short Film award at the Toronto Metro Convention Center. The honor, handed over by University of Southern California Associate Professor Jennifer Cool and University of Colorado Boulder Associate Professor Christian Hammons, marked a significant achievement among the 5,000 attendees at the Society of Visual Anthropology Film and Media Festival.

Global Acclaim

Beyond its Canadian victory, ‘Co-Husband’ has proven to be a global success, resonating with audiences worldwide. The film’s exploration of polyandrous marriage traditions provides a nuanced perspective on cultural diversity, earning it acclaim at various international film festivals.

Previous Success

Ganesh Panday’s filmmaking prowess was also demonstrated in his previous project, ‘Bhagyale Bachekaharu’ (Nepal Earthquake: Heroes, Survivors, and Miracles), which garnered over a dozen international awards. The director’s ability to capture and convey compelling stories rooted in Nepali culture has established him as a notable figure in the world of documentary filmmaking.

‘Co-Husband’s’ latest triumph in Canada adds to its growing list of accolades, solidifying its status as a powerful and culturally significant documentary. The film’s exploration of polyandrous marriage customs not only provides a unique cultural insight but also showcases the universal appeal of stories that transcend borders. Ganesh Panday’s success reflects the global appreciation for narratives rooted in Nepal’s rich cultural tapestry, emphasizing the impact of storytelling in fostering cross-cultural understanding and appreciation.

Also Read: