i am belmaya will be Released on 11 October 2021
***** ‘Superb’ – UK Film Review
“I am hugely touched and impressed by this beautiful work. A daring and heart-breaking film, which fills one with hope and admiration. Five shining stars from me” – Joanna Lumley
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.
“Such a raw, powerful film. one of the best documentaries i’ve ever seen” – sophie cousins, the lancet
Help us to get Belmaya’s story out to the world. You’ll be helping inspire women to believe in themselves, and helping to transform more lives in Nepal.
‘My heart is singing. It’s so refreshing to come across a real story. There’s no lies. You just speak the truth and this comes out so beautifully in the film.’
Thomas Kelly, Photographer and cinematographer
From He Named Me Malala (2015) to The Eagle Huntress (2016) and the newly released I Am Greta (2020) we see that young women are taking charge of their own destinies and educating the old world order on what can be achieved if we allow every human being their own opportunity of becoming. Now we can add to this list the superb portrait of a young Nepali woman lifting herself out of subjugation through the means of photography and film-making, I Am Belmaya.
UK Film Review
‘I’m a huge fan of this film. An important and inspiring film about female empowerment – Belmaya proves that filmmaking can be life-changing for girls and women anywhere’ Anna Smith, Girls on Film Podcast
‘It’s absolutely amazing! The balance between the emotion, the humour, the entire narration … The way it shows empowerment is much different from anything I’ve ever seen. It’s a kind of fusion between an observational documentary as well as an interactive one, with snippets from her camera as well as [the observer’s]. The editing is just sensational’
Paribesh Sitoula, Media student
‘INCREDIBLE! It was quite a rollercoaster for my heart – from aching to full of joy, excitement, and pride for Belmaya. Such a beautiful and incredibly told story’ Kate Fahy, RAI Film Festival
‘I cried when I watched I Am Belmaya. Tears kept falling from my eyes’
Nhyoo Bajracharya, Musician and Nepal Idol judge
‘I was so emotional after it, I didn’t want to speak with anyone for at least half an hour! I loved the spirit that through all the struggles that Belmaya had, that zest she had to keep moving forward. I loved it!’
Shivangi Bansal, Art curator
‘Truly heartbreaking at times, and so affirming and sweet at others. I don’t think I will ever forget this person, in the same way I won’t forget some of Ken Loach’s characters or Don McCullin’s images’
Audience member, London
‘A warm and wonderful film.’
Timo Heinanen, Head of Camera, London Film School
‘I loved, loved, loved the film! It is a brilliant and beautiful film. I was completely engrossed and mesmerized’
Audience member, Project Didi Australia
‘That was the first time I’ve cried watching a film in quite some time. In the room there was this electricity. Everyone was there, in that story, in that journey’
Kalani Gacon, Documentary filmmaker
‘Your film put the work we do at GlobalGirl Media into perspective for me. It made me cry and inspired me at the same time.’
Dami Omole, Programme Director, GlobalGirl Media UK