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Thursday, 24 November 2011 02:57

"Snow Flower", The First Lesbian Movie In Nepal

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«Snow Flower» is the name given to the first lesbian Nepalese film to be released in spring 2012.

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The film, directed by Subarna Thapa, tells the story of two lesbians in love, played by actresses Diya Maskey and Nisha Adhikari, but who hide their relationship.

«It's two individuals falling in love and facing all the controversy and restrictions, and mental, emotional and physical traumas of being a lesbian in Nepal,» Adhikari told AFP.

«It's a simple love story with a lot of complications.»

Adhikari, 25, said the film is the first that deals with anti-gay discrimination.

Although this is not the first time we can see LGBT Nepalese roles in films but this is the first time that they are not ridiculous, tasteless roles, only there to make people laugh.

In «Snow Flowers», there is a real story that is told and lesbian roles are not secondary roles.

«The entire movie is based on the trauma -- what it is like not being able to come out and live your life because there are so many restrictions,» Adhikari said.

«There is no liberty in not living your life the way you want, irrespective of who you are attracted to sexually. This movie will be an eye-opener for a lot of people who have just viewed these issues very superficially.»

Sunil Pant, openly gay Member of Parliament, said «Nepal has always been tolerant (...) ready to treat each other equally.»

Nepal is a country which progresses. The new Constitution will define marriage between two adults, regardless of gender, and will prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.

«Snow Flower» seems to be a great movie, I hope that we will also have the opportunity to watch it.

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