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Sunday, October 20 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Who Will Be a Gurkha

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Kesang Tseten

2012 | 75 minutes | Nepal

U.S. Premiere

Sam Manekshaw, former chief of staff of the Indian Army, once quipped: “If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or is a Gurkha.” The prestigious, centuries-old Nepali mercenary unit features prominently in the imaginations of young Nepali boys, but the inner workings of the Gurkha tradition and its trials remain obscure in America. Enter Kesang Tseten, whose new film Who Will Be a Gurkha depicts the fiercely competitive training and recruitment of new cadets with lucidity and poetry. At the British Gurkha Camp in Pokhara, the struggle sets the stage for introspection, hot tempers, caste prejudices, and occasionally, rambunctious singing. 

Co-presented by the Rubin Museum

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with Ashok Gurung, senior director, India China Institute.

Sunday October 20, 2013 6:00pm - 7:30pm

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