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Sunakali

Tru Ruts and Intermedia Arts present
Sunakali

Teenage Girls' Journey to Glory

Directed by Bhojraj Bhat | Produced by Good Neighbours Nepal
Part of Brown CINEMA Café

13 year-old Sunakali Budha first saw a soccer ball in 2011. Within three years, she was a championship-winning star in her village of Mugu, one of the most remote and least developed regions in Nepal.

Sunakali is a documentary film by Kathmandu-based freelance journalist Bhojrat Bhat. Set against the harsh but beautiful backdrop of the region, Sunakali is an uplifting documentary of Mugu's women's soccer team and its journey to the national championship. 

According to the 2011 Nepal Census, 90% of women in Mugu are illiterate, early marriage is common, and gender inequality is prevalent in nearly all aspects of life. When the Mugu soccer team decided to compete, the team were directly challenging conventions and norms set for women.

Representing their district in a national tournament was not only a matter of pride, but also a window into the world that lay beyond Mugu. This was the first time they had left Mugu, the first time they set foot on the plains of the Tarai, the first time they saw bullock carts, rickshaws, and airplanes. People in all the villages along the way cheered for the girls, blessed them, and thanked them for making Mugu proud.  

Sunkali has received over twenty honors and awards including Best Documentary (Pakistan International Mountain Film Festival), Best Feature Documentary (7th FOOTBALL FILM FESTIVAL, Brazil), Special Jury Award (2016 New Zealand Mountain Film Festival), and Audience Choice Award (Canada Premier: 6th Annual Toronto Nepali Film Festival).


Sunakali will be preceeded by a screening of Baghdad Messi, an Iraqi short film about 10 year-old Hamoudi who is totally obsessed with soccer. Along with the rest of the world, he and his friends are eagerly looking forward to the Champions League finale FC Barcelona-Manchester United. The long-awaited clash between football legends Messi and Ronaldo. But then Hamoudi's television breaks down ... Baghdad Messi is directed by Sahim Omar Kalifa.

   


DIG DEEPER ...

Special Pre-Screening Introduction 
February 3-4, 2017 | 7:30PM

Join Emmanuel Ortiz before each screening for a special introduction!



LISTEN
Emmanuel Ortiz interviews Sunakali film director 
Bhojrat Bhat



  


WATCH
Sunakali Trailer




WATCH
Baghdad Messi Trailer



CHECK IT OUT:
Sunakali In the News:

My Sansar
Here are Powerful Images of ‘Messi of the Himalayas’ in limelight as soccer craze grips remote Nepal 

Deadspin
This Is Why It's Called The Beautiful Game: The Other World Cup

Global Voices
This Young Woman Footballer Is More Popular Than Messi in Her Remote Village in Nepal

Living
Triumph Over Challenges

Glamour Nepal
Sunakali

Toronto Nepali Film Festival
SUNAKALI wins the Audience Choice Award at 6th TNFF

Kathmandu Post
Sunakali continues to bag international awards

RDMan
Sunakali and Kimff



ABOUT SUNAKALI'S DIRECTOR
Bhojrat Bhat is a freelance journalist based in Kathmandu and specializes in conflict, mitigation, security and the Maoist insurgency. Sunakali is his debut film. He has partnered with several national and international organizations to prepare documentary films and news features. Bhat teamed up with Babel Press to produce a documentary movie on ‘bikini killer’ Charles Shobraj. He also joined hands with France 24 International News Channel to produce documentary film titled Nepal: the last Maoists. He worked for the news documentary The Convicts of the World Cup broadcast on France 2-Envoyé special and contributed to the report Worked to Death in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup that was broadcast on France 24. Recently, his joint venture report: India - Nepal: a kidney at all costs (27 minutes) and Nepal: A week in the life of a lifeguard (24 Minutes) (Earthquake Report) broadcasted in ARTE TV (FRANCE).

 


ABOUT SUNAKALI'S PRODUCER
Since 2002, Good Neighbors Nepal has been working for the betterment of the marginalized children in Karnali (Mugu and Humla). The children in this region still striving for the school education."We are requesting to all our well wishers and friends for the betterment of those girls. Believing in opportunity creates the motivation and involvement of the locals; they need the motivation to level up in educational level."


 


ABOUT BAGHDAD MESSI'S DIRECTOR
Sahim Omar Kalifa is a Belgian-Kurdish filmmaker based in Belgium. In 2001, he came to Belgium, and in 2008 he got his Master's degree in filmmaking at Sint-Lukas Film School, Brussels. With his short film Nan, Kalifa won the Best Flemish Student Film at the Leuven International Short Film Festival. Kalifa has won 96 international awards with his short films Land of the Heroes, Baghdad Messi, and Bad Hunter.

Sahim Omar Kalifa is a Belgian-Kurdish filmmaker based in Belgium. In 2001, he came to Belgium,
 
and in 2008 he got his Master's degree in filmmaking at Sint-Lukas Film School, Brussels. With his
 
short film Nan, Kalifa won the Best Flemish Student Film at the Leuven International Short Film
 
Festival. Kalifa has won 96 international awards with his short films Land of the Heroes, Baghdad
 
Messi, and Bad Hunter.

ABOUT BROWN CINEMA CAFE | IntermediaArts.org/brown-cinema-cafe 
Brown CINEMA Café is a film series presented by Tru Ruts and Intermedia Arts featuring films by and about communities of color.


ABOUT TRU RUTS | truruts.com
Tru Ruts is an artistic organization based in Minneapolis with a history of high caliber artistic work ranging from films to theatre performances, a record label to workshops and residencies. Tru Ruts projects include Freestyle Theatre, Foto Libre, Speakeasy Records and others.

 

 


This screening is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, and a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota.



A Part of Intermedia Arts' Catalyst Series