The Rubin She Sings
2012, Bhutan, Caroline Sascha Cogez and Dechen Roder, 48 min
She Sings is an unusual coming of age story that takes us through a journey of mermaid encounters, magic monkeys, drunken grannies and Bhutanese pop music.
Dechen, 19, lives with her mother and little brother in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. She dreams of becoming a famous singer, and has been selected to be a contestant in the Bhutan TV singing contest ’Druk Super Star’.
As the competition evolves, Dechen explores the story of her beloved, late grandmother, who was a singing talent just like Dechen. In her search for identity, Dechen uncovers a dark family history, in which blessings and curses stand side by side.
About the Speaker
Greg Pflugfelder is Associate Professor of East Asian History at Columbia University and serves as Acting Director of the Columbia University Bhutan Studies Initiative. His current research in Bhutan explores the influence of Korean pop culture on consumer patterns and youth identity. He has also published widely on Japanese history and culture, including books on women and politics, the construction of sexuality, and the history of human-animal relations.