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  • Director

    Tashi Gyeltshen

  • Starring

    Tshering Euden, Singye, Dorji Gyeltshen

  • Run Time

    86 mins

  • Release Year


  • Country of Origin

    Bhutan, Nepal, Germany

  • Language


  • Director of Photography: Jigme T. Tenzing

  • Editor: Saman Alvitigala

  • Produced by: Tashi Gyeltshen, Kristina Konrad, Ram Krishna Pokharel

  • Music: Jigme Drukpa, Frances-Marie Uitti

  • Screenplay by: Tashi Gyeltshen

  • Production Designer: Karma Tenzin

  • Sound Production: Niraj Gera


The Red Phallus

Part of the World Perspectives Strand


An evocative and beautifully mounted film, The Red Phallus is a striking debut from Bhutanese director Tashi Gyeltshen. His debut film may sport a startling title, but its story centres on schoolgirl Sangay (Tshering Euden), caught in a society dominated by repressive men. Key among them is her sculptor father, who makes a modest living carving phallic totems and is furious Sangay is having an affair with an older married man. Bhutan’s stunning landscapes are a poetic backdrop to this memorable story about tradition, as a young woman decides to fight back. [15]

The Red Phallus is nominated for the 2019 Award for Best International Feature Film.

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