THE ONLY SON
Sponsored by: Destination Salem & Eastern Bank
Directed by Simonka de Jong
Pema comes from an unusual Tibetan family that has scattered around the globe. The parents, Karma and Dolma, live in extreme poverty in a Himalayan village at an altitude of 13,000 feet. Pema and his two youngest sisters grew up in a children’s home in Kathmandu (Nepal). Sister Chonzom is the only one who stayed with her parents.
Within the microcosm of this family a familiar generational conflict unfolds. Globalization, migration, and adoption have left deep gaps between the family members. When Pema was 16, his parents came to Kathmandu to tell him they want him, their only son, to marry a local village girl. That is how things go according to their tradition.
But Pema has gotten used to the modern life in the big city. He dreams of becoming a photographer and studying in the west. As the pressure grows, will Pema obey tradition or follow his own heart?