Kalamata ShortDocs

Creative Documentary Center
The film is available for a certain number of online screenings during the festival.

I Am Belmaya

Belmaya, dominated from all quarters, is desperate for independence. But in Nepal, men still rule and women obey. When Belmaya was 14 years old, was keen to change her discriminatory world through photography but that window closed when the home locked away her camera.Now she grasps the chance to train in documentary filmmaking training. But are her resentful husband and conservative community ready for this?

Against violent opposition and all expectations, she completes her film” Educate Our Daughters”. The film goes on to win hearts and awards, taking Belmaya to places she never dreamed she would go.

  • Writers: Sue Carpenter
  • Producers: Sue Carpenter
  • Cinematographer / DOP: Manas Singh Suwal
  • Editor: Sue Carpenter
  • Credits:

    Co-Director: Belmaya Nepali; Producer / Executive Producer: Christopher Hird, Dartmouth Films; Executive Producer: Bettina Kadoorie; Composer: Marie-Anne Fischer; Sound Editor: Ruth Knight; Colourist: Vanya Tomova; Assistant Producer & Assistant Editor: Laxcha Bantawa

  • Awards

    Global Health Film Festival London December 1, 2020 World Premiere (online) Official Selection United Kingdom Royal Anthropological Institute Film Festival online March 19, 2021 Official Selection United Kingdom Bharat International Film Festival Mumbai February 26, 2021 Best Women Filmmaker India Maharashtra International Film Festival Mumbai February 26, 2021 Best Women's Film India Indian Panorama International Film Festival Mumbai February 26, 2021 Best Women Filmmaker India UK Asian Film Festival London May 27, 2021 Physical world premiere Best Documentary United Kingdom Great Asian World Cinema International Film Festival online February 28, 2021 Official Selection WRPN Women's International Film Festival Lewes, Delaware April 25, 2021 Award of Excellence United States Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival Kathmandu December 14, 2019 Official Selection (preview version of film) Nepal Ramsgate International Film and TV Festival Ramsgate June 6, 2021 Official Selection United Kingdom Foyle Film Festival Londonderry April 24, 2021 Official Selection United Kingdom UNAFF (United Nations Association Film Festival) San Francisco October 27, 2021 Official Selection United States I Will Tell International Film Festival Fort Lauderdale September 6, 2021 North American Premiere Official Selection United States One World Media Awards Nominee United Kingdom BIFA (British Independent Film Awards) London 2 nominations - Best Documentary, Raindance Discovery Award United Kingdom El Ojo Cojo Film Festival Madrid November 15, 2021 Spanish premiere Spain Nepal Human Rights International Film Festival Kathmandu November 25, 2021 Official Selection Nepal Ethnofest Athens November 25, 2021 Greek Premiere Official Selection Greece GlobalGirl Media Film Festival London March 19, 2021 Special Screening United Kingdom

    *Data is limited to before submission to PelDocFest


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