Atlanta : The documentary ‘Sahayak Sriman’ (Co-Husband), made about Nepal’s polyandry has won the ‘Best International Documentary Award’ in America.
On the last day of the 8th C0bb International Film Festival held in Atlanta, USA from August 4th to 7th, ‘Co-Husband’ was announced as the best international documentary award. Receiving the award, director Ganesh Panday said that this award is a matter of pride for Nepal and Nepali people.
‘It is a matter of pride for a documentary film made in Nepal to win the award in competition among documentaries from different countries. I believe that this will make Nepal’s head high in the international world’, said director Panday. According to Richard Tavernaro, the director of the Cobb International Film Festival, this year, 70 films were selected for the competition out of 600 films.
Earlier, Pandey’s famous documentary ‘Bhagyle Bachekaharu’ (Nepal Earthquake: Heroes, Survivors and Miracles) also won the best documentary award at the Marietta Film Festival in United States.
According to director Panday, ‘Sahayak Sriman’ (Co-Husband) has also won seven international awards so far. ‘Co-Husband’, which started its journey from the Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival, won the Best Documentary Award with one thousand dollars at the Nepal International Film Festival.
Likewise, it won the Best Documentary Award at the Nepal-Africa Film Festival held in Nepal, the Shimla International Film Festival in India and the Grand Prix Award at the International Kansk Video Festival (19th Kansk Video Festival) held in Russia.
‘Co-Husband’, which has been selected in more than a dozen film festivals in the world, won the Honorable Mention Award at the prestigious 29th International Film Festival of Mountain Films Poprad held in Poprad, Slovakia.
This 35-minute documentary film based on polyandry was shot in Humla, Karnali region of Nepal. As many brothers as there are in the house, the unique custom of marrying one wife is still existing in some Himalayan districts of Nepal including Humla.
Director Panday brought the same topic to the screen for the first time. Panday has produced ‘Co-husband’ after about 4 years of filming and research. The writing of this documentary produced by Sign Media Pvt. Ltd. It is produced by Sharada Gaire, chief assistant director and visual editor Ishwar Koirala and assistant director Nripraj Hamal.
Similarly, Ishwar Koirala, Chandman Dangol, Avinash Lama and Pukar Timilsina captured this documentary on camera. The music has been composed by composer Jugal Dangol.
Even before this, director Panday’s much-loved documentary film ‘Bhagyale Bachekaharu’ (Nepal Earthquake: Heroes, Survivors and Miracles) also won one and a half dozen international awards.