FICTION This year, we were intrigued to see a distinct trend in the Bhutanese fiction entries. The majority of the fiction films were made with heartfelt and obvious intentions to invoke change, or create social awareness around different social and community issues. We first considered creating a new category for these films, perhaps one called “advocacy videos.” But then we realized—why should we categorize the filmmakers’ approaches? Good story-telling is good story-telling, regardless of the approach and intention. And in essence, all films advocate something—whether it is an emotion, a cause, a change, or a reflection. So here it is– a collection of short fiction films, with compelling stories and approaches that are unique and cinematic, and at times even experimental. A set of short films deeply rooted in a Bhutanese context and understanding of self, culture and community.
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