No Winter Holidays: Best Documentary at Nepal Human Rights Int’l Film Festival

The 11th Nepal Human Rights International Film Festival concluded with the documentary “No Winter Holidays,” directed by Rajan Kathet and Sunir Pandey, receiving the prestigious Best Feature Documentary prize. The festival jury, impressed by its compelling narrative, selected the film as the standout among the entries. The documentary weaves the touching stories of two elderly single women who found themselves married to the same man after the loss of their spouses.

In the festival held on Tuesday, other notable recognitions included France’s “On My Father’s Grave” by Javahin Janitor, securing the Best Short Film title. Additionally, Akanksha Karki’s “Sanai” and Shubhangi Khadka’s “Age Unlearning” were honored for their outstanding storytelling in the short film category.

Maintaining its tradition, the festival prioritized the theme of collective rights this year. The event received film submissions from over 100 countries, culminating in the selection of 54 films from 26 nations for the festival screenings.

For over a decade, the Nepal Human Rights International Film Festival has played a vital role in bringing human rights issues to a broader audience through the medium of film. Serving as a platform for filmmakers worldwide, the festival has consistently aimed to create awareness and foster dialogue on critical human rights concerns.

As the curtains close on the 11th edition, the festival continues to be a beacon, shining light on human rights challenges and providing filmmakers with a meaningful platform to showcase their impactful narratives.

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