Synopsis: A newlywed girl is left to live with her mother when her husband leaves to find work in India. He gives her a mobile phone as he departs, and this is to be the sole method of communication between the couple. She waits patiently for her husband to call, but it is in vain.
As days pass, longingness turns to loneliness, then resignation to resolve. The girl and her mother ultimately find solace in each other in this affecting film about solitude, abandonment, and self-actualization.
I read the news about a newly-wed girl whose husband left her in the mother’s home before leaving for India to work. As days turned into years, the husband never called her and one day she committed suicide.
This news struck a chord right through my heart. Identifying myself as a feminist, I couldn’t get over the thought of how great of an opportunity that was for the newlywed girl in absence of her husband to become independent and rejoice in her solitude.
I was rock solid even before drafting the first draft that the central theme of this film will be women empowerment. I didn’t want to force that idea or in any way give a message to the audience but wanted to deal with the central theme in a much more nuanced and subtle way.
This film will always be so special to me because “Junko” is my graduation film. This is the first short film I did with a professional crew.
This short film will also be so special to me in my filmmaking journey because of the innocence that was inside of me when Junko was just taking its baby steps. The innocence which I tried to express with the medium of cinema.
Minsho Limbu is an Independent filmmaker based in Kathmandu, Nepal. He holds graduation in screenplay writing and direction from Everest Film Academy. JUNKO is his directorial debut short film by him. It had been screened at Fribourg, Torino, POFF Shorts, Drama, Washington DC Film Fest, Ajyal, London, Tel-Aviv, MINIKINKO, and more than 13 other International film festivals worldwide. Recently, it won the best cinematography award at Linz International Short Film Festival,2022.
Currently, he is developing his second short film, Summer of Goodbyes, selected at the 9th Drama Pitching Lab, as part of the 45th Drama International Short Film Festival,5-11 September 2022, Greece.