When journalist Ada Petriczko pitched us this story, we were haunted. It sounded to us like a fairytale twisted out of shape, and reminded us of Benh Zeitlin’s mesmerizing Beasts of the Southern Wild, a coming-of-age tale removed from time and place. We sent Ada to Kathmandu to report the story.
The Girl in the Red follows Rashmila, who at four years old was taken from her family to become a goddess. She grew up in a palace, dressed always in red, believing she could heal the people who came to worship her. At twelve years old, her world turned upside down: she was cast out from the palace. It was time to become a mortal again.
Journalist: Ada Petriczko | Audio: Lauren Arora Hutchinson | Voice: Sohm Kapila