Dolma & Dolma

Released July, 2021

Meet Dolma Tsering. She was a bit self-conscious to share her story in front of the camera, although, I got to know it afterwards, and capture some moments in the film.

 

When Dolma was a little girl and wanted to study, she asked her father to let her attend school. Her grandfather, conforming to the social norms at the time, disapproved, but little

Dolma had her father’s ear and vehemently received approval from him.

 

When Dolma became a young woman, her grandfather and her father wanted to marry her off to someone of their choice, preferably affluent.

 

Dolma disapproved as she was in love with someone else — a man that wasn’t very well off. Pressured by her family to get married to the man they had selected — Dolma eloped with the man she was in love with.

Her grandfather said to his son, ‘See, I told you, don’t let her go to school’. They cut off all ties and communications with her.

All these years later, when her grandfather died, her father came to his senses — apologised — they reconciled, and he let her reunite with the rest of the family.

 

Dolma is happy and contented with the decision she made.

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