The lesbian themed Soongava: Dance of the Orchids will make history at the Palm Springs International Film Festival this week as it is the first film from Nepal to feature same-sex relationships, according to the film fest's website.
Written and directed by Subarna Thapa, Soongava is a hauntingly beautiful story of love between two women against the odds.
According the Palm Springs International Film Festival the film’s synopsis is as follows:
Beautiful Diya is a young girl who dreams of becoming a professional Nepalese dancer, encouraged by her best girlfriend Kiran. Meanwhile Diya’s parents have found a good match for her and arranged her engagement. Diya goes along with the arrangement to please her family and do what is expected of her, but when her feelings for Kiran deepen and develop into a full-blown love affair, she has to make a choice. Flying in the face of tradition and local morals in a society deeply rooted in family values, Diya breaks off with her fiancé, risking everything to live with Kiran in Kathmandu.
Soongava plays at the film festival Jan. 10 and 12. Click here for ticketing information.
Watch the trailer below.