Before I Am Belmaya goes on general release on 11 October 2021 (International Day of the Girl) we've been holding private online fundraising screenings in aid of charities working in Nepal. So far we've raised an incredible £12,000 for causes in Nepal, and over a year's income for Belmaya and her daughter. Belmaya has this …

Opening the door to success, on Laxmi Puja day

It is Tihar (Diwali) festival, one of the most important events in the Hindu calendar, and today is Laxmi Puja day, when Ganesh and Laxmi are worshipped to bring success and prosperity. Ganesh is the God of wisdom, remover of obstacles, and Laxmi the Goddess of wealth. I remember very well this day in 2006, when I lived in Nepal. There was brewing …

Podcast: Sue Carpenter on filmmaking and adoption in Nepal

CLARET & CONVERSATION PODCAST As we get nearer to the release of I Am Belmaya (14 years in gestation, 6 years in the making!), you can hear about how I met Belmaya, what led me to go and live in Nepal, and my own precious little item that will forever tie me to Nepal. Listen …

Rave reactions from KIMFF audience!

We couldn't be happier with the response from the audience at KIMFF! They cheered, they cried, they laughed, they clapped. At the Q&A afterwards, when Belmaya said she'd learnt to stand up for herself, regardless of what others thought, another great cheer went up. Take a peek here at what's in store when I Am …

Official selection at KIMFF and WOW!

After five and a half long years, I Am Belmaya is (almost*) finished! A rollercoaster labour of love, faith, blood, sweat and tears. A special preview is in the official selection for Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (KIMFF) 11-15 Dec. We’ll also be showing it at British Council Nepal's WOW (Women of the World) Festival Madesh, in Janakpur, 6-7 Dec, …

UK Asian Film Festival selection!

Belmaya's film Educate Our Daughters has been selected for yet another international festival - the UK Asian Film Festival, 27 March - 7 April 2019. Her film will be shown as part of the short film competition, at 2pm on 30 March, at the Regent Street Cinema. This is  the longest running Asian film festival …

First film festival award!

Belmaya Nepali has just won her first international film award! An Air Canada Award, at Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, for Educate Our Daughters - which means her film will be shown on international Air Canada flights in May/June 2019! Amazing global reach for her message to the world about the importance of education for girls …