The only love more forbidden than that of two American cowboys is that of two women in deeply religious Nepal. That’s why the new film “Snow Flowers” has been nicknamed “Brokeback Everest” by the world cinema press.
Directed by Parisian filmmaker Subarna Thapa, the film stars popular Nepalese actresses Dia Maskey and Nisha Adhiki. It is the first film with an LGBT theme in the 60 year history of Nepalese film.
According to AFP’s Frankie Taggart, “Industry observers are awaiting the reaction of audiences in Nepal, a conservative, mainly Hindu country that nonetheless has some of the most progressive policies on homosexuality in Asia.”
Adhikari, 25, says the film is a first as it deals with the turmoil experienced by same-sex couples in Nepal, whereas previously gay people have always been depicted as figures of fun.
“The entire movie is based on the trauma — what it is like not being able to come out and live your life because there are so many restrictions,” she said.
“There is no liberty in not living your life the way you want, irrespective of who you are attracted to sexually. This movie will be an eye-opener for a lot of people who have just viewed these issues very superficially.”
Director Thapa says he was not interested in just showing Nepal “what lesbians do,” but rather in telling a simple love story from a new angle.
“It’s not a shocking film, like war movies or propaganda films, but there will be some impact in Nepali society,” he told AFP. “Nepal is changing but it cannot be changed by the day after tomorrow. It’s a long journey.”