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15 Ratings

Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait

Directed by Khyentse Norbu
Bhutan, Hong Kong, 2016
Drama, Mystery


Somewhere deep in a forest of Bhutan, there is a gathering every twelve years of men and women chosen by the Old Man to enjoy a few days of anonymity. Masked silhouettes participate in rituals, performances and dances.

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Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait Directed by Khyentse Norbu
In terms of mise en scène, Hema Hema deeply weaves into the mountains and jungles of Bhutan. It thematically reveals the secretive culture and philosophy of samsara under Buddhist spiritualism. From this perspective, SIFF endeavoured to widen the opportunity for audiences to experience other cultures.
September 20, 2017
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It’s the kind of film that spins its wheels until the very end, but provides such a beautiful resolution that any intervening tedium may be worth the wait. In its last few minutes, all artifice is stripped away and deep currents of heretofore only suggested emotion rise to the surface; the beat of the club takes over one final time.
October 14, 2016
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With the pro- and epilogue set in a modern club, Norbu clearly and without a heavy hand brings into an open-ended present his tale of a limbo state. There, here, the possibilities and promises of anonymity are thwarted by a curiosity and desire undeniably human and personal.
September 17, 2016
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