|Winner: Best Cinematography in a Feature|
|Cast: || Srijana Subba,
Lakpa Singhi Tamang,
|Crew: ||Producer: Uttam KC, Rabin Acharya, James Kwon Lee - Sound: Mukesh Shah - Music: Dale Sumner - Cinematography: Dipankar Sikder/Rabin Acharya - Screenplay: Naresh Kumar KC|
Kshemi is living with her sick mother and younger brother Tikpe in upper Himalayas of Nepal. She is more like a son rather than a daughter of the family. She didn't marry as she had to look after her three younger sisters, one brother and mother. After her father's death she couldn't marry and leave her family, as she was scared that they might starve to death if she leave them. She cares about her brother more than herself, so she buys him a pair of slipper instead of hair clip for herself.
But the slipper breaks. She tries fixing it. Failing to fix, she promises to buy new one. Tikpe(Brother) exchanges the broken slipper with hair band for his sister without realizing she longed for the same very hair band. Both sacrifice their needs for the other, until Kshemi's sisterhood is tested in middle of the night. Brother's bare leg gets seriously hurt while treating his sick mother through an orthodox witch crafting. He has to be treated soon or his leg might get amputated and he may die too. Kshemi is left with no option but sell her dignity to save him. Things start to get charged up as the stake rises when her mother's sickness intensifies. She has no option but elope with an arrogant and crooked rich drunkard Janak Lal, though she loved Mukunda, an honest villager. Janak Lal takes full advantage of her weakness, promising to treat her brother in city if she elopes with him. He wins her physically yet loses her spiritually, while Mukunda fights for her best, and wins her despite losing. To Kshemi, it was always about her brother than herself, so she chooses to do the best for her brother's safety.
Dr. Naresh Kumar KC, born in Nuwakot, Nepal is a working screenwriter, and director of many documentaries and films. He left medical field after finishing his studies and started all over again with film studies. He holds Bachelor's Degree in Screenwriting & Film Directing from Oscar International College, College of Film Studies, along side multiple Bachelor's Degrees in English Literature, Mass Communication and Medicine.
He went to New York Film Academy for his Masters in Film-making, but after completing a semester, he transferred to prestigious University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts.
He also holds multiple Masters Degree in English Literature and Business Studies from Tribhuvan University.
His professional career in film-making started back in 2003 with educational and health related documentaries for United Nations, Nepal Tourism Board and other Government and Non Government Organizations. Since then, he has written, directed, produced and edited many documentaries, short films and a feature film so far. He believes he is born to make movies, and movies only. Rooted to the core of social realism, his stories and visuals portray the murky depths of rural lives of upper Himalayas of Nepal.
Meanwhile, he is pursing his career in Kathmandu, and Los Angeles simultaneously.