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‘First Blood’ wins short video competition

Jhamsikhel (Lalitpur) – An animated movie First Blood produced by the RR Shree School of Technology has won the first place award worth Rs. 50,000 in the short video competition organised by DCA Nepal – a Danish INGO.

Ramesh Man Shrestha - first prize winner receiving certificate and prize from DCA Nepal Country Director David Wallace Smith along with Jury Guna Raj Shrestha Photo By Bibek Balla

Ramesh Man Shrestha – first prize winner receiving certificate and prize from DCA Nepal Country Director David Wallace Smith along with Jury Guna Raj Shrestha Photo By Bibek Balla

The competition was organised to sensitise the public on the issue of ‘dignified menstruation’.

“This was just a small step and contribution to raise such an important issue,” said David Wallace Smith, Country Director of DCA adding that DCA will continue to raise crucial issues like this.

Rajowati – directed by Rewati Gurung won the second award, Ashma Gautam won the third place for her film Reimagined and Madhu Khadka directed film ‘Breaking the Stigma’ won the audience award. The winners were awarded with certificates and prize money amid a programme of Nepal Menstrual Health Management Alliance held in Jhamsikhel.

In Nepal for many girls, periods mean missing school days. The competition was also to show that a ‘Dignified Menstruation’ plays a fundamental role in enabling young women and girls to reach their full potential in education in addition to their dignified life.

These four films portray the current status of the menstrual stigma of Nepal and stressed it as a natural process. It also defies any superstitions related to the stigma.

Rewati Gurung, the director of Rajowati, said that the name Rajowati itself is a name of a girl who is in her period. “We have tried to depict the real story of our society,” Gurung says. “We also tried to see in the post earthquake scenario – how the stigma is creating risk in the girls lives.”

Ramesh Man Shrestha of RR Shree School of Technology spent time with his female colleagues to talk about the menstruation and how they were treated in their families along with the pain they go through during periods. “This experience made us to produce this film,” Shrestha says.

Altogether nine films were shortlisted for public voting. The films were selected by a team of jury members, namely – Radha Poudel, Author and Activist, film maker Deepak Rauniyar and WASH expert Guna Raj Shrestha. The second, third and audience award winners received Rs. 30,000, Rs. 20,000 and Rs. 10,000 respectively along with the certificate.

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