An elderly abbess disappears from her nunnery in remote Bhutan. The police suspects foul play, possibly murder. Kinley, a disbelieving yet sympathetic police detective is sent from the capital to investigate and apprehend their prime suspect:Choden, a young mysterious woman labeled by the village as a "demoness" due to her solitary and seductive ways. When Choden absconds before Kinley arrives, he is instructed to find and befriend her without revealing his identity, as she may lead him to more evidence or perhaps even the abbess. While Choden and Kinley travel together on foot, through forests, and past temples and villages, Choden entrances Kinley with seemingly random stories of historical dakinis (or enlightened Buddhist women of supernatural powers and wisdom also known as "sky-dancers"). Kinley soon finds himself torn between intense attraction for Choden and intense suspicion.

Once in Thimphu, Choden draws him further into a convoluted web of crime, greed, magic and dakinis. When Kinley learns that there are others following him, he no longer knows who or what to trust. He slowly realizes that Choden's stories of historical dakinis might provide the very "clues" needed to understand the investigation, yet first he might have to surrender to both Choden's charms and a belief in the historical and supernatural.



Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk Sonam Tashi Choden Chencho Dorji Kunga Dorji



Producer: Dechen Roder Esther Koo

Directors of Photography: Jigme T. Tenzing

Costume Designer: Karma Wangchuk Kesang Anayat

Director/Screenplay: Dechen Roder

Music by: Tashi Dorji

Edited by: Dechen Roder



Trailer / Making Of




Awards & Film Festivals


Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum Awards (HAF 2014)

Selected HAF Project

Asian Cinema Fund (by BIFF 2015)

Obtained Post-Production Fund

31st The Fribourg International Film Festival (FIFF2017)

Special Jury Award, Youth Jury Award, Special Mention from the International Federation of Film Societies

The Cultural Diversity Award under the patronage of UNESCO, Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2017 (Australia)



Busan International Film Festival (South Korea) | A Window on Asian Cinema (2016)

Selected Screening

Berlin International Film Festival (2017) (Germany) | Panorama

Selected Screening

Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF 2017) | Global Vision

Selected Screening

Taipei Film Festival (2017)

Focus on Asia Fukuoka International Film Festival (2017)

The Vancouver International Film Festival (2017)

The Festival du nouveau cinéma (2017) (Montreal)

Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (2018) (USA)


Top of the 10 great films in 2017 – Megan Spencer (Guardian Australia, Radio National) at Berlinale 2017

One of the 10 "must-see" films at HKIFF – South China Morning Post, Hong Kong