The Shoes of a Little Girl
Junu, a 5-year-old girl who has trouble learning left from right is often asked by elders around her to wear her shoes correctly. After constantly trying she finally comes up with a new way to decode her confusion.
I believe that a society that puts children in their first priority is progressive and sensitive. However, in the context of societies of Nepal,that is not the case. Even if it looks like children are taken care of, they are mostly treated as dolls. At least it is what I believe. The way they are treated is harmful for the society.
They are thought to be dependent, indecisive and careless. Even when children are expected to learn, parents and elder people want them to learn the way they learned. Children are not given the freedom to explore the world their way. Their creativity and imagination is not respected and children are not treated the way they should be according to their age and psychology. The trend of socially, culturally and politically negating children is still prevalent.
In this context, Junu Ko Jutta (The Shoe of a little girl) is my medium to tell the world that children should be left alone to explore the world their way. Rather than forcing old school of learning, they should be let free to explore new ways of learning. I want the upcoming generation to get the kind of environment I was deprived off.
Director Biography - Kedar Shrestha
Junu Ko Jutta is debut short film of Kedar Shrestha as a writer and director. Katha 72 (2018, Nepali Feature Film), Supermonk (2018, Nepali Short Film) in which he worked as a casting director and actor was screened and awarded in various international film festival.
While working as a casting director and actor for Nepali feature films, he was tempted to tell his own stories through films even though he has been working as a theatre actor/director and playwright since 2006. He is a founder and artistic director of Theatre Mall and Theatre Centre for Children Nepal. Inside the theatre, he loves to work with children, explore their stories, understand psychology and help them to become better adults in the future.
His plays about children/for children are performed by professionals and children also and have participated in many national and international theatre festivals. He has five children's picture storybooks published to his name and he was honoured by appreciation award of Parijaat Manuscript National award 2012. He is also the secretary of Film Critics Society of Nepal.
His debut short film, Junu Ko Jutta was awarded Best Fiction in Nepal Panorama at Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival ( KIMFF) 2019 and Jury's Special Mention at Nepal International Film Festival (NIFF) 2020. Best Children's Fiction in Indie Short Fest-Los Angeles International Film Festival 2020.
And awarded in 66th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen 2020.