This is the last article you can read this month
You can read more article this month
You can read more articles this month
Sorry your limit is up for this month
I Am Belmaya (12A)
Directed by Sue Carpenter and Belmaya Nepali
FROM battered wife to award-winning film-maker, Belmaya Nepali’s story is an awe-inspiring tale of female empowerment gained through the transformative power of cinema and film-making. Co-writer-director Sue Carpenter met Belmaya in Pokhara, Nepal, in 2006 when the latter was 14 years old and taught her photography.
It wasn’t until 2014, when Belmaya was 21 with a baby daughter and married to an abusive husband, that they met each other again — Carpenter deciding to follow Belmaya’s journey to becoming a documentary-maker over five years.
Through stills and video footage from Belmaya’s teenage years, along with the work she shot training to become a documentarian herself, it shows a determined, strong and resilient young woman — uneducated, orphaned and from a low caste — who is steadfast in following her dream against the sexist constraints of Nepal’s patriarchal society.
Angry at not being able to finish her education, she says: “If I had continued my studies I could have found a better job ... I wouldn’t have to be married and dependent on my husband.” He is a violent man, resentful of his wife’s ambitions to provide a better future for their daughter, whom he refuses to acknowledge because she isn’t the son he wanted.
Co-directed by Belmaya, this powerful and poignant film shows the hardships that she underwent and how she fought against all the odds to take charge of her own story, culminating in an emotional screening of her work to her siblings and friends, and winning the best short film award at the 2019 UK Asian Film Festival.
Much like Malala, she is a fierce advocate for girls’ education, an extraordinary role model and an exciting up-and-coming film-maker.
In cinemas, on Curzon Home Cinema and BFI Player October 15
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £10 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.