Living Goddess follows the lives of three young girls who are worshipped as living deities in the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal. The film begins as a sublime elegy to a private world of ritual, devotion and childish mischief. However, the extraordinary lives of these girls soon collides irreversibly with the modern world: an out-of-touch King, who survived the notorious palace massacre of 2001, wrests power for himself as a Maoist led civil war rages. Defying the King, ordinary people take to the streets demanding freedom, only to be confronted by the might of the King’s army.
Caught in this whirlwind struggle for power, the story unfolds through the eyes of the child goddesses. The violence in the street slowly imposes on this historic way of life as the filmmakers capture powerful footage made possible by their unprecedented access to the private rituals and daily life of an ancient tradition.
A Striking Documentary– The Independent
A Beautiful, Languid Film– The Guardian
Rich, and Gorgeously Shot– The Daily Telegraph