Drawing the Tiger

  • 8.7 10
  • 2015
  • 98min
Drawing the Tiger
  • English, Nepali
  • English

Filmed over seven years, Drawing The Tiger is a intimate portrait of a family in rural Nepal who get a chance to break their cycle of poverty: Their brightest child is awarded a scholarship to attend school in the city. When she doesn't return home, the family is forced to survive without her or the opportunity they believed would change their fate.

AWARDS: UNICEF Award. Film South Asia/ Best Feature Film. Northwest Film Forum/  Sundance Institute Grant
OFFICIAL SELECTIONS: Hot Docs Canada/ Candem International Film Festival/ Margaret Mead Film Festival/ Sebastopol Film Festival/ Toronto Nepali Film Festival/ Edinburgh Nepali Film Festival/ Woodstock International Film Festival/ Festival Diritti Umani/ Tasveer South Asian Film Festival/ Friday Harbor Film Festival/ Cork International Film Festival/ Northwest Filmmakers Film Festival/ Film South Asia/ Kathmandu International Film Festival

Drawing the Tiger, The girl in the distance

After winning a scholarship, Shanta had to move from her impoverished rural village in order to forge a promising future in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. The years have passed and for her family the presence of Shanta materializes only in a photograph that is getting increasingly blurry.

The ethnographic approach of filmmakers Amy Benson and Scott Squire, illustrated with a beautiful cinematography, paints two contrasting realities of a family that is proud that Shanta may be the first woman in the village to graduate, although that would mean to set apart from her indefinitely.

Amy Benson
Scott Squire

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