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Lesbian Themed Film Soongava: Dance of the Orchids is Nepal's Oscar Entry

Lesbian Themed Film Soongava: Dance of the Orchids is Nepal's Oscar Entry

The history-making lesbian themed Soongava: Dance of the Orchids has been chosen to represent Nepal for the foreign-language Oscar race

TracyEGilchrist

The history-making lesbian themed Soongava: Dance of the Orchids has been chosen to represent Nepal for the foreign-language Oscar race, according to Variety.

Soongava, written and directed by Subarna Thapa, made history when it was released in Nepal last January for being that country’s first to feature same-sex relationships. The film did small box office in Nepal, but it went on to make a splash at international film fests including Palm Springs, Toronto, Montreal and Bologna, reports Variety.

The film tells the story of Diya, a young woman who dreams of becoming a professional Nepalese dancer, a dream her best friend Kiran encourages her to follow. Meanwhile, Diya’s parents have arranged for her to marry. Diya goes along with the arrangement for a while, but becomes torn when her connection to Kiran deepens into a full-blown love affair and Diya must risk everything to be with Kiran.

Nepal’s Oscar committee chose Soongava over three other films in the running for submission to the Academy Awards, according to Variety.

Watch the trailer for Soongava below. 

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Tracy E. Gilchrist

<p>Cinephile, cyclist, proud cat lady and unabashed Pretty Little Liars guru.</p>

<p>Cinephile, cyclist, proud cat lady and unabashed Pretty Little Liars guru.</p>