Hema Hema: Sing Me A Song While I Wait


*Filmmaker in Attendance


A man joins a mysterious mask-wearing commune that meets every 12 years in the forests of eastern Bhutan. His motive for joining the community is unknown, as with the others. They follow the general principle that anonymity grants one great power and must be guarded. Still, regulations and judgments are enforced to deter a great many crimes and violence that are also easily performed under the guise of anonymity.  

After a long break in filmmaking, Bhutan’s renowned filmmaker Khyentse Norbu returns with an unconventional tale of redemption – a meditation on how human actions are less driven by moral consciousness than they are by desire and self-preservation. Hema Hema features a rich array of masks, hypnotic dance rituals, and picturesque vistas, but delve not too deeply into them, for one too many have been caught in its snares.


  • web-513-hemahema-director Khyentse Norbu is a filmmaker and Buddhist teacher. He is famous for his critically acclaimed films, The Cup (1999), Travellers and Magicians (2003) and Vara: A Blessing (2013). Funded by Kickstarter, Hema Hema (2016) is his fourth feature.
  • Pawo Choyning Dorji, Sara Chen
  • Khyentse Norbu
  • Tshering Dorji, Sadon Lhamo, Thinley Dorji
  • Pawo Choyning Dorji - pawo.choying@qq.com

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