Dechen Roder is a writer/director/editor based in Thimphu, Bhutan. Founder of Dakinny Productions she is currently editing her first feature film, and has produced and directed many shorts, documentaries and other audio visual content.
Lo sum choe sum
Film (short) by Dechen Roder (Drama) Director, Writer, Editor, Producer The traditional '3 Year 3 Month Retreat' or 'Lo Sum Choe Sum' is practiced by Buddhist monks, nuns and other devout practitioners. 3 years, 3 months, and 3 days is calculated as the time needed to achieve a higher state of clarity and motivation. By cutting oneself off from the world, and delving into the inner mind, the retreat is supposed to transform the practitioner. Can Lhamo, a young, wounded girl facing the harsh gaze of the world, find her own form of retreat and redemption?
Heart in the Mandala
Film (short) by Dechen Roder (Drama) Director
Nging tsey Mi tsaye Kilkhor
Film (short) by Dechen Roder (Drama and Romance) Director, Writer, Editor, Producer When a young orphaned cabaret dancer enters a romance with an older businessman, she starts imagining a happier future for herself and her handicapped brother, only to be suddenly confronted by a dark past. Using the motif of a Buddhist mandala the film explores the interconnectedness of love, fate, choice, divinity, and the universe. Written by Anonymous
Film by Dechen Roder (Documentary) Director The 19 year old Dechen is living with her mother and little brother in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Dechen dreams of becoming a successful singer and is selected to be a contestant in the Bhutan TV singing contest 'Druk Super Star'. As the competition evolves, Dechen explores the story of her beloved late grandmother who was a singing talent just like Dechen. In her search for identity, Dechen uncovers the dark history of her family in which blessings and curses stand side by side. The crossover from child to adult in the young girl reflects a country in the middle of a transition between the old and the modern world. Written by anonymous
An Original Photocopy of Happiness
Film (short) by Dechen Roder (Drama and Family) Director, Writer, Editor, Producer, Cinematographer, Sound department A 16 year old girl goes looking for her father, who she has never met, and whose identity her mother will never reveal. A touching first person narrative, following a day in the life of Chuni, as she uses a brave, experimental approach in identifying her father. Written by Anonymous
Film by Marc Robert (Horror) Camera and Electrical Department Terrified Berliners struggle to survive each other and their own failing bodies during a sudden epidemic of progressive paralysis.