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ABOUT THE FILM

ABOUT THE FILM

Dominated by her husband, her family and society, Belmaya is desperate for independence. But she is a daughter of Nepal, where men make the decisions and women keep their mouths shut. Here, in one of the poorest nations on earth, women are daughters, wives, mothers, dependents, victims, slaves. Rarely individuals in their own right.

Born a Dalit (the lowest, ‘untouchable’ caste), orphaned at the age of nine, and trapped in an abusive marriage with a baby daughter, Belmaya, by the age of 21, has given up hope of finding happiness.

Rewind to 2006, when Belmaya, at 14, participated in the My World, My View photo project in Pokhara. Impassioned and inspired, she had dreams of becoming a photographer. But that window closed when the home she lived in locked away her camera.

Now she gets a second chance, as she trains in documentary filmmaking. Picking up the camera once more, her old spark returns. As she grows in confidence and ability, she confronts her husband and makes two short films, turning from subject to co-director of her story.

DIRECTED BY: SUE CARPENTER

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