Gurung-language film Medo ‘a welcome sign’A new Gurung-language film, Medo, is slated to join the narrowing spectrum of indigenous language films. Medo was announced amid a function held in Beshishahar in Lamjung, earlier this week.
A new Gurung-language film, Medo, is slated to join the narrowing spectrum of indigenous language films. Medo was announced amid a function held in Beshishahar in Lamjung, earlier this week.
The producers have said that the film will revolve around the story of caste-based discrimination still rampant in villages across western Nepal.
“Along with its socio-political subtext, the film will also be an entertaining affair, and mixes in its interplay the cultural practices practiced around the western region,” said Shankar Gurung, executive director of the film.
The shooting of the film was inaugurated by Ranabahdur Tamang, who served as a Captain at the British-Gurkha Army. “Hopefully, the film will carry the issue of identity, especially one based on caste. Medo comes as a welcome sign,” Tamang said.
Even though the history of indigenous films produced for commercial purpose in Nepal is three-decade long, starting with Silu back in 1987, the production and space for them has barely expanded. Secretary of the Association of Indigenous Films, Purkhjajit Raihas said that, although indigenous films continue to be produced, their development has been at a virtual standstill. “Even after indigenous films are produced, they don’t find theatres willing to screen the film,” said Rai, speaking at the 2017 edition of Indigenous Film Festival. “The indigenous films today are limited to charity shows and screenings among limited audiences. For a nationwide release, the producers have to fork out a lot of money. We hope this will change in due time and this festival will pave way for a wider acceptance of regional and indigenous films.”
Medo’s inauguration event was also presided by Milbahadur Gurung, chairperson of the Tamu Pyeh Lu: Association (a Gurung cultural organisation), who, addressing the audience, said, “The production of indigenous films is important, but it is also equally important to preserve our language and culture first. So it is a two-tier process.”
Directed by Rajesh Gurung, Medo will feature actors Shankar Gurung, Khemraj Ghale, Manju Gurung, Kishore Gurung, Yogita Gurung, and Tikaram Ghale, among others.
At a time when the status of indigenous language movie production has not been improved as it should have, movies like Medo can be an oasis in a desert of indifference and mediocrity. Last January, the movie Rajja Rani was also dubbed in Maithili language and screened in cities in the Tarai.