Written and directed by Pooja Gurung and Bibhusan Basnet, DADYAA follows Atimaley and Devi, in their village haunted by memories. When a dear friend leaves the village without saying goodbye, the old couple faces the dilemma of having to keep living with memories or to leave the village for good.
DADYAA was filmed on location in Chauki village, Jumla, in the mid-western region of Nepal. Masks, which are referred to as ‘Baktyaa’ in the local Jumli dialect, feature prominently in the film and play a huge part in the area’s culture, much like their importance to the practices of many ethnic communities across Nepal.
'Dadyaa’ in the Jumli dialect, are wooden statues or effigies made as offerings to local deities. In some cases, they are also made in the memory of ancestors and are believed to ward off evil spirits. Inspired by this and the story of a Japanese woman who made dolls to fill up her village as it emptied of families, DADYAA is deeply rooted in the histories of the people, home, and land.
Gurung and Basnet are based in Kathmandu and have been working together since 2010.