Soongava: Dance of the Orchids
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Film poster
Directed bySubarna Thapa
Written bySubarna Thapa
StarringSaugat Malla
Deeya Maskey
CinematographySara Cornu
Release date
  • 4 January 2012 (2012-01-04)
Running time
85 minutes

Soongava: Dance of the Orchids (Nepali: सुनगाभा, translit. Soongava) is a 2012 Nepalese drama film written and directed by Subarna Thapa. It is Nepal's first lesbian film.[1] The film was selected as the Nepalese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards,[2] but it was not nominated.



Boyd van Hoeij writing for Variety, said the acting and technical aspects are passable, Hoeij further added "Unfortunately, the well-intentioned pic’s highly melodramatic (if tonally very serious) plotting and focus on a conservative, family-oriented society won’t do much to convince local queer youths that it does get better".[3] Clarence Tsui of The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "It's true that Soongava is not exactly an epic tragedy in terms of story and look".[4]

See also


  1. ^ "Soongava: Dance of the Orchids". psfilmfest. Archived from the original on 1 September 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Soongava: Nepal's entry to the Oscars". ekantipur. Archived from the original on 10 June 2015. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  3. ^ Hoeij, Boyd van (30 January 2013). "Soongava: Dance of the Orchids". Variety. Retrieved 30 April 2020.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Soongava: Dance of the Orchids: Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. October 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2020.