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The Only Son by Simonka de Jong
Only Son, The

Only Son, The

Family bonds can become unbreakable chains, both supporting and suffocating.

Pema and his sisters grew up away from their parents’ Nepalese village. He was raised in a children’s home, his sisters were adopted in the West. Now his parents want him to marry a local girl and return home. But he wants to study abroad and marry a girl of his own choice. So together, the siblings make the trek home. The resulting family reunion is underscored by Pema’s dilemma: does he obey his parents or not?

79’ / video / colour      

Original title: THE ONLY SON
Dir: Simonka de Jong
Prod: IDTV Docs
Co-prod: Buddhist Broadcasting Foundation (NL), Off World (BE), Elizabeth Mandel (USA)   
Sc: Simonka de Jong           
D.O.P.: Wiro Felix
Completed: November 2012       
Language: Dolpo dialect (Nepalese)/English/Dutch (English subtitles)   

Simonka de Jong:
First feature length documentary.
THE SILENT HISTORIAN (2011, short doc), PETS IN POTS (2008, short doc) Awards: UNICEF Award Vittorio Veneto FF, YVETTE (2007, short doc), A CZECH CHRISTMAS (2005, short doc) Awards: a.o. Special Jury Prize Crossroads of Europe Festival (Poland).

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