Director: Dechen Roder & Caroline Sascha Cogez | Denmark, Bhutan 2011 | 55 min
A highly unusual coming of age-film, which takes us on an adventurous journey filled with magical monkeys, mermaids, tipsy grandmothers and bhutanese pop music. 19-year-old Dechen lives with her mother and younger brother in Bhutan's capital Timphu, where she dreams of becoming a singer and of being chosen to the TV talent show "Druk Super Star". Sometimes dreams come true, and as things progress Dechen starts to research the story about her beloved late grandmother who was a great singing talent, just like Dechen herself. In her search for identity Dechen uncovers her family's dark past where blessings and curses stand side by side. "Layers of Fog" challenges the limits of documentary filmmaking through its poetic visuality, which leads us into the inner life of an alienated girl, and is the first experimental documentary from the previously so locked-off country in the middle of the Himalayas. Bhutan was the last country in the world that allowed its inhabitants to watch TV (in 1999), and it is only within the past 10 years that the country has established its own film industry - a transition between the old and the new world, which is reflected in the young girl's transition from child to adult.
Layers of Fog (Denmark, Bhutan, 2011, 55 min.)
Director: Dechen Roder & Caroline Sascha Cogez. Script: Caroline Sascha Cogez. Camera: Magnus Jønck. Sound: Morten Groth & Jakob Garfield. Edit: Signe Kaufmann, Una Gunjak. Cast: DECHEN ZANGMO, PALDEN WANGCHUK, KHANDU ZANGMO
. Producer: Tine Fischer, Pasha Parts, Ulrik Gutkin, Casper Høyberg. Production: DOX:LAB, Copenhagen FIlm Company.
with English Subtitles.