Big Sister Punam
(51 minutes) Nepal/Serbia
Directors/Producers: Lucian Muntean, Natasa Muntean
In 2005, Punam Tamang is nine and living in the Nepalese city of Bhaktapur. Big Sister Punam follows the hard life of this young girl, whose mother died when she was only five, leaving her with her father, her newborn sister Rabina and her two-year-old brother Krishna. Punam’s father works from sunrise to sundown in a rice factory, and so during the days she heads the family, acting as caregiver and homemaker. For Punam, hope is symbolized by the local five-grade primary school. Punam’s friends have their own challenges, and some do not have enough money to afford the school fee. Instead of studying, these children must work under difficult conditions at a stone quarry or brick-making factory to help their families get by. Four years later, life has changed for Punam, who is now thirteen.
Lunam Docs is an award-winning documentary film production duo, Lucian and Natasa Muntean, that is dedicated to documentary filmmaking on human rights and social justice around the world, with special attention paid to children’s rights and child labor. Born in Serbia, the duo now lives in Norway. In 2005, Lucian and Natasa filmed, directed, produced and edited their first documentary film, a short film called Punam, which has screened at more than fifty international festivals and received eight awards, including the UNICEF Award for Children’s Rights. In 2009, Lucian and Natasa produced Big Sister Punam, which gathers all the shots from 2005 and 2009. In 2010, the duo went to Uganda to film Mbambu and the Mountains of the Moon, a documentary on the beautiful and unique Rwenzori Mountains and the people living there.
Web site: www.lunamdocs.com