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I AM BELMAYA
(82 min) Nepal/UK
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SUNDAY 10/24, 8:30 PM (SESSION 9)

Director: Sue Carpenter
Co-Director:
Belmaya Nepali
Producers: Sue Carpenter, Christopher Hird, Bettina Kadoorie

Description:

A tale of rebellion, courage and hope in patriarchal Nepal. Silenced and subjugated all her life, uneducated Belmaya takes up the movie camera to tell her story. Spanning 14 years, Sue Carpenter and Belmaya Nepali‘s feature-length documentary follows Belmaya’s transformational journey as she stands up to her husband and society, and reclaims her voice through filmmaking.

Biography:

Sue Carpenter has been involved in Nepal and women's rights for 20 years. A journalist and photographer, she moved into filmmaking in 2013. Her first short doc, There's Something About Molly, won Best Short Documentary at the Good Dog Film Festival. She has gone on to make several short films including The Wonderful Walk about the Guinness World Record-beating creation of a 40m community mural. Sue co-founded Asha Nepal, supporting trafficked women in Nepal. In 2006-2007 she lived in Pokhara, running a photo project, where she met Belmaya. Sue is a Trustee of GlobalGirl Media UK, empowering young women through digital media training.

Belmaya Nepali Born to a low-caste family, Belmaya, 27, has had very little formal education. Orphaned at the age of 9, she moved to a home in Pokhara and was introduced to photography aged 14. She participated in exhibitions in Nepal and London and her work was included in a book, My World, My View. In 2014, aged 21, she started to learn documentary filmmaking. Educate Our Daughters, her graduation project and first short film, has been selected for 7 international film festivals, from Chicago and Toronto to the UK, and won 3 awards. She was commissioned to make her second film, Rowing Against the Flow, on boatwomen in Pokhara, by Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Contact Information:

w: http://belmaya.com
e: sue@tideturner.co.uk



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