Bal Krishna Sama, Untold Story

Bal Krishna Sama, Untold Story



71 mins

Nepali with English Subtitles



Sama in Nepali means equal. This fiction drama is named after the famous Nepali playwright late Bal Krishna Sama, who gave up his elite caste name Shumshere Jung Bahadur Rana and started using Sama as his last name. Set in current day far-western Nepal among the beautiful hills, the film focuses on the life of Krishna, a sweet, bright and inquisitive Dalit boy. Unfortunately, he has to come to terms with the heinous practice of untouchability that changes the course of his life.


Dinesh Palpalee

Dins Palpalee moved to Kathmandu from Mahendranagar in the far-western Nepal in 2006 and started making short amateur videos. In 2011 he directed the TV talk show Pairavi and made short video documentaries about various legal cases of caste discrimination undertaken by Lawyers’ National Campaign for Elimination of Caste Discrimination (LANCAU). Visit to find out more about LANCAU. Bal Krishna Sama, Untold Story is his first feature length film, which he wrote, directed and edited. He also wrote the lyrics of all the songs in the film.

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Previous Screenings

2013Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival

2013Documentary Arts Asia Centre (DAA), Chiang Mai, Thailand

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