The River Behind My House
- A Work in Progress -
Every day for fifteen years, Hira Bhandari has crossed the river where her husband was murdered. The riverbank where he was shot is close enough to Hira’s house that on the night he died, she felt the ground shake with the force of the rounds of ammunition. Hira does not know why he was killed. Until she does, she does not intend to stop fighting for justice alongside her “conflict survivor sisters,” other women who faced violence during Nepal’s civil war.
Civilian murders like the ones that took the life of Hira’s husband were too common during Nepal’s civil war. So too were abduction, rape, and torture. For the ten-year duration of the war people were caught between an often inescapable rock and a hard place as State and Maoist rebel forces battled for control of the nation.
THE RIVER BEHIND MY HOUSE is a character-driven film propelled by Hira’s tireless motivation to achieve justice for herself and the women of her community. The film is structured around three central tensions: the challenge of being both a woman and a leader in a patriarchal society, the process of drawing strength from the past without being subsumed by the pain of it, and the question of what it means to continue fighting for justice even when it may never be attainable.
Cast & Crew
Jaya Luintel, The Story Kitchen