Rain in the Mirror

© Bhattachary / Mukhopadhayay
48 minutes / Colour / 2012
Directed by
Nilanjan Bhattachary Kanchan Mukhopadhayay

Country of production India

Dorji Bhutia, a Buddhist monk and a reputed mask-maker with supernatural powers of bringing or stopping rain chose a self-determined death at the age of eighty-six. Dorji leaves his mystic image behind but not the mantras to control rain. His son, Duduk, a mask-maker and a compulsive lottery player believes that Sonam, his ten-year-old-son will get the power by the time he grows up. Sonam himself also aspires for this. Set in Sikkim in the eastern Himalayas of India, shot over nine years, Rain in the Mirror follows Sonam’s journey to manhood through the conflicting milieus of tradition and modernity.

Language and subtitles Hindi and Bhutia with English Subtitles

Location(s) depicted Sikkim

Region South Asia

Country India

Keywords Religion / Belief / Faith Children / Young people Education / Knowledge Transmission Intergenerational relations