AAS Film Expo 2021

Singing A Great Dream is featured at the Association for Asian Studies Film Expo 2021! It’s available to view on demand from the conference platform all week (March 21-25), and we will have a Q&A session from 10:30-10:55 Hawaii Standard Time (UTC-10) on Thursday, March 25. That’s 2:15 AM in Nepal, but hopefully conveniently situated in the afternoon/evening in North America. Hope to see you there!

You can also check out the other films on the program by downloading the program booklet below. We’re on page 12!

ProToPost Communism International Film Festival

Back when we finished the film, we thought that if we didn’t get into any other festivals, we’d surely get into this one. We did! COVID has kept us from traveling to Italy, while making this festival available to so many more people!

The festival will be held online on the Vimeo on-demand platform, from November 6-8.

Register here for $9.90!

Here’s the festival description:

“Welcome to the ProToPost – Communism International Film Festival!

Paraphrasing Karl Marx nowadays one can rightly wonder: is any Communist haunting specter still out there? Whether it is a specter – actually more like an altright KKK affiliate – or a more fashionable zombie we believe yes and moreover, we affirm it is walking not alone along a still existing Shining Path yet among the squalor left behind as sole trademark legacy by neoliberalism and technocrats. Even if commodified by plastic eyelashes or mediated by screens made by exploited coltan and quartz, the gaze flies and finds a range of comrades with compelling new old outlooks not bend by evil forces or by self-pity but more combative because now it is clearer than ever that we need to reorganize quickly in the society 4.0.
And it is that communist gaze or the gaze focusing communism we want to experience in its contemporary variety and diversity by claiming its existence at any rate in the daily thoughts and in the vast array of real existing brand-new, cutting-edge vs oldfashioned and nostalgic, solid or even volatile experiments. Let’s gaze out in search of the legacy after a tragic ostensible sunset it will be manifest also to nonbelievers and detractors that the Manifest is very much alive and present. A lighthouse in the obfuscating haze caused by the polluted air emanated by obscuring powers and oppressive elites and repressive political power.
Show to the world your contribution to the analysis and comprehension of the communist phenomena at the ProToPost (CIFF), celebrating the communist outlook around the anniversary of the October Revolution!”

Best International Documentary and Best International Director Wins at Darbhanga International Film Festival

We are happy to announce that Singing A Great Dream won two awards at the Darbhanga International Film Festival in Darbhanga, Bihar, India: Best International Documentary, and Best International Director.

At Darbhanga International Film Festival

Bhakta Syangtan
expresses it best (in Nepali, below): “Dear brother Khusiram Pakhrin! Whether during the Panchayat era or the People’s War, it seems like only yesterday that you told us the stories of your difficult underground days, traveling through the alleyways of Amritsar, Gorakhpur, Darbhanga, Patna, and Delhi. We screened the documentary about your life here. When it won Best International Documentary Award, and Best Documentary Director, Anna Stirr and I were very moved, with thoughts of you filling our minds. We looked for your footprints in the railway stations. We saw that the situation remains the same for those wearing the dhaka topi, those for whom you felt love upon seeing them from far away, who inspired you to compose lyrics and set them to music that now flows from the tongues of all revolutionary artists in Nepal. We are very excited by this next step in our efforts to show the world your great dream, through Singing A Great Dream.”

आदरणीय खुशीराम पाख्रीन दाइ ! पन्चायत कालमा होस या जनयुद्ध कालमा । भारतका अमृतसर, गोरखपुर, दरभङ्गा, पटना, डेल्लीका गल्लीहरुमा दुखपुर्न भुमिगत दिनहरु बिताएका कथाहरु सुनाउनु भएको आज जस्तै लाग्छ । तपाईकै जीवनी समेटिएको वृतचित्र “SINGING A GREAT DREAM” यहाँ प्रदर्शन गर्‍यौ । तपाईको कथाले Best International Documentary Award र Best Documentary Directer Award ले सम्मानित हुँदै गर्दा Anna Stirr र म भावुक भयौ र तपाईलाई धेरै सम्झ्यौ । हामीले तपाईले चहारेका रेलको टिसानहरुमा तपाईको पदछापहरु खोज्यौ । देख्दैमा माया लागेका ती ढाकाटोपी लगाउनेहरुको जीवन उस्तै पाए । तपाईंले जुन सपनाको लागि सब्द रच्नु भयो । सङ्गीत भर्नु भयो र हरनेपाली क्रान्तीकारीहरुको जिब्रोमा बसाउनु भयो । त्यो महान सपना Singing a Great Dream मार्फत सन्सारलाई देखाउने हाम्रो प्रयासको यो खुट्किलाले उत्साहित बनाएको छ ।

Review from Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards

The Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards is a quarterly online film festival that categorizes films by length and budget. We submitted Singing A Great Dream to the “Best Short Film Under $5000” category and were happy to be selected as a finalist! Here’s what they had to say about it:

“Authentic and very economical with its presentation. Well designed and monies conscious.”

Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards

We say thanks for the support!