Ajyal Film Festival 2024

All Films

The Beaten Path (Ek Dhakar Jiwan)

Ajyal Competition

Phurba Tshering Lama / Short Narrative / India / 2014 / 27 min / Colour / DCP2K
In Nepali / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Drama
Gulf Premiere


In rural Darjeeling, Balvir and his companion make their living carrying fresh meat to market along the beautiful but treacherous mountain pathways. Exhausted by the backbreaking work, Balvir often pauses to question the meaning of his destiny, nevertheless conscious of the harmony of nature. When his friend falters under the weight of his heavy load, Balvir must determine his own next steps. ‘The Beaten Path’ is a gorgeous meditation on suffering and the simplicity of life.

About the Directors

Phurba Tshering was born in Kurseong, India. He studied Literature at St. Joseph's College, Darjeeling and Directing at the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune. ‘The Beaten Path’ is the first short film he made after graduating. Tshering is currently working on ‘Macqee’, his feature-length film debut.


Phurba Tshering Lama
Phurba Tshering Lama
Phurba Tshering Lama
Dinesh Yadav
Samant Christopher Lakra
Ayan Saxena
Production Company
Ferry Tale Pictures
Samant Christopher Lakra
Kumar Tamang, Man Bahadur Tamang

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