It is very good news for the tourists who are very keen lovers of history tradition and culture. The governments of Bhutan banned the misuse of the Bhutan’s traditional masks in the films.
Hema Hema: Sing me a Song while I wait a popular Tibetan Buddhist film written by the Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche is not released in the country according to the Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority (BICMA) due to a review by the National Films Review Board and the Department of Culture of the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs.
On the January 10th 2016 the media authority communicated through the written letter to the production regarding the film, “due to the various religious masks used by the characters in the film, which is not in keeping with our own tradition and culture” Tsong Tsong ma productions saying.
Buddhism is the official religion of the country the small country culture influences many aspects. Masks are one of the important features of the culture. To preserve the country’s tradition, cultural and heritage the government started to take decision.
The film already screened in various international film festivals such as Locarno Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, Singapore International Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival but many of citizens still very confused about the objectionable reason to use of the masks in the film.