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Bhutanese filmmaker Dechen Roder’s first feature is her feminist twist on film noir. When a woman goes missing from a small village, policeman Kinley is put on the case, and his prime suspect is sexy Choden. But the missing woman is the abbess of a Buddhist nunnery, and there are some unexpected forces at work. Choden regales Kinley with legends about enlightened female deities fighting social oppression—stories he dismisses as “rumors,” given that he eyes Buddhist murals with suspicion rather than awe. Vividly filmed by cinematographer Jigme Tenzing (who also lensed Khyentse Norbu’s Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait), this is a beautiful and provocative journey into contemporary Bhutan, the last Buddhist kingdom. (Dir.: Dechen Roder, Bhutan, 2016, 132 min., DCP, Dzongkha with English subtitles)