Section: Panorama

Bicycle Dreams (2014) 10

Nepal | 2014 | 70 min.

This film follows two boys as they come of age in the ancient city of Kathmandu. Like kids the world over, they are pursuing a dream: an electric blue, 18-gear mountain bike. The boys can’t possibly afford such a bike, but a poster offering a reward for finding a lost dog raises their hopes. The boys experience adventures and setbacks in their pursuit of dog and bike, through crowded alleys and marketplaces of the old city, into the inner sanctum of a prophetic seer, and to an abandoned temple where a “holy” man steals their money. Overwhelmed by obstacles, their friendship is tested. Through the pursuit of their dream, however, the boys discover what’s really important in life – something bigger than the bicycle.

Duration70 min
SubtitleEnglish, simul. translation cz
Directed by Raju Gurung
Screenplay Raju Gurung
Director of Photography Babu Shrestha
Music Ian Chan,
Edited by Nimesh Shrestha
Contact Raju Gurung


Raju Gurung is a musician, scriptwriter, director and producer from Nepal. He graduated from the Berklee College of Music in the USA, and from courses focused on film and video from the Boston Foundation. He's worked as both a production assistant and assistant director. In Nepal, he's independently produced nearly a dozen documentaries and made his foray as a director with the feature film Bicycle Dreams (2014). He's also been adept at developing his own music career.