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I Am Belmaya

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In the patriarchal society of Nepal, where girls are taught to keep their mouths shut, Belmaya embarks on a transformational journey to reclaim her voice. Dismissed as ‘cow-dung brain’ by her schoolteacher, dominated by her husband and society, Belmaya, at 21, had given up hope of finding happiness. Through training in documentary filmmaking and telling her own and other women’s stories, her consciousness and confidence expand. Realising she can make choices, she stands up to her abusive husband and the power starts shifting into her hands. She gets work filming the Gurkha 200th anniversary celebrations and makes her own short films, one about the importance of education for girls, another, commissioned by Thomson Reuters Foundation, about boatwomen competing for trade in a man's world.
The ripples of her personal journey touch those around her, at first causing friction and opposition, but ultimately transforming her husband’s behaviour, her family’s attitude towards her, and the outlook for her 4-year-old daughter.
An extraordinarily intimate window into Belmaya’s world, giving an insight into the brutality of life for many girls in Nepal, and showing Belmaya’s determination to challenge social norms and transcend the life she was born into.


Type of film
Running Time
90 mins
Sue Carpenter 1st Feature
Sue Carpenter, Christopher Hird
Executive Producer
Christopher Hird
Film Images
©Sue Carpenter

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Last updated 1st September 2017

Production Company

Christopher Hird
Dartmouth Films