Bhutanese film Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait won the Audience Choice Winner award in the Malaysia Golden Global Awards 2017.

Hema Hema was among 18 films included in the international film festival in Kuala Lumpur on March 5.

Other films that were competing with Hema Hema included; ‘the Salesman’, an Iranian film that recently won the 2017 Oscars for best foreign language film, and ‘I, Daniel Blake’, the British film that won the Palm d’ore of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

Hema Hema was also nominated for Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography and the big prize of Best Film. Film producer, Pawo Choyning Dorji, said winning such an award is a big achievement for a film that was made by a mostly all-Bhutanese crew and cast.  “The recognition especially goes a long way in inspiring all the artists of Bhutan, who seek the courage to dream,” he said.

The film has been screened in over 25 international film festivals, including prestigious ones like the London BFI, the Busan Film Festival and the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, where Hema Hema secured the second place in competition.

Staff reporter