Aitor Sánchez Smith, Lander Ibarretxe
Balika tells the story of Dipendra and Sushmita, two teenagers living in an orphanage in Kathmandu. The protagonists, like all his friends, were abandoned by their families.

Aitor Sánchez Smith

Aitor studied direction and production in the Bande à Part Film School in Barcelona. His first short movie When the Cicadas Become Silent (2020) has been selected and awarded in over twenty national and international festivals. Recently he has been selected by the Government of Cantabria to attend a course in Observational Documentary Studies in the prestigious Cuban school, Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión in San Antonio de los Baños. Filmography: Balika (2022) Documentary - director, producer When the Cicadas Become Silent (2020) Short Film - director

Lander Ibarretxe

Director, producer, cinematographer Lander is a film director and director of cinematography who studied in the Barcelona Film School, Bande à Part. As a director, his first short movie, Regina, won awards in several festivals such as Málaga, Zinebi or Elche. As director of photography, he has received an award from the Filmstrip International Film Festival in Rumania for the short film, Lotus Eater. Filmography: Balika (2022) Documentary - director, producer, cinematographer Regina (2019) Short film - director

– Festival de Málaga 2022 / Special Mention of the Jury (Spain)

  • Original title Balika
  • Director Aitor Sánchez Smith, Lander Ibarretxe
  • Duration 63
  • Production year 2022
  • Aspect 2:35:1
  • Format DCP
  • Category Feature Film
  • Subcategory Documentary
  • Nationality Spain
  • Producer Nightwalk Films
  • Dialogue language Nepal
  • Subtitle language English, Spanish