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A film by Dechen Roder

Buddhism meets film noir.

Genre(s): Mystery

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  • Dechen Roder


    Dechen RODER was born in 1980 in Bumthang, Bhutan. She learned film on the job and through self-training. Since 2004, she made multiple documentaries that aired on Bhutan National TV.Her work Young People on Wheels was nominated for the UNICEF Child Rights Awards in 2006. In 2011, she produced her first short fiction. Original Photocopy of Happiness (2011) was nominated for Best Short Film in the 2011 Brussels International Independent Film Festival and won Jury Mention at the 17th IFVA Hong Kong Awards in 2012. Her most recent short film 3 Year 3 Month Retreat  was screened in Berlinale, Fribourg, Melbourne, Palm Springs, and many other festivals worldwide. Honeygiver Among the Dogs (2016) is her first feature film. 

    2016: Honeygiver Among the Dogs (feature)
    2015: 3 Year 3 Month Retreat (short)
    2013: Heart in the Mandala (short)
    2011: Original Photocopy of Happiness (short)

Festival(s) & Award(s)

  • 2016: Busan International Film Festival (South Korea) | A Window on Asian Cinema
  • 2017: Berlinale (Germany) | Panorama
  • 2017: Hong Kong International Film Festival | Global Vision
  • 2017: Festival International de Films de Fribourg | International CompetitionSpecial Jury Award, Youth Jury Award COMUNDO, Special Mention from the International Federation of Film Societies
  • Film noir receives a surprisingly spiritual and feminine reworking in Bhutanese filmmaker Dechen Roder’s beautiful and inventive debut.
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In the remote Bhutan, an undercover detective investigates the case of a missing Buddhist nun and falls into a risky alliance with his only suspect, an alluring young woman known as the village "demoness".

Technical Specs

  • Runtimes: 132'
  • Color(s): Colors
  • Country(ies) of production: Bhutan
  • Subtitle(s) available: English
  • Audience: General Audiences
  • Format(s) available: DCP / ProRes HD

Artistic & Technical Crew

With: Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk, Sonam Tashi Choden
  • Cinematographer: Jigmet TENZING
  • Editor: Dechen RODER
  • Sound: Warren SANTIAGO
  • Music: Tashi DORJI

Company Credits

  • Coproduced by: Dakinny Productions (Bhutan), Meridian Entertainment Limited (Hong Kong)