I'm dedicated to championing women and bringing their unheard voices and stories to the world
Company
Tideturner Films
I've been involved in Nepal and women's rights for 20 years. A journalist and photographer, I moved into filmmaking in 2013. My first short doc, There's Something About Molly, won Best Short Documentary at the Good Dog Film Festival in Sydney, 2016. I've gone on to make several short films including The Wonderful Walk (29', 2019) about the Guinness World Record-beating creation of a 40m community mural. I'm a Trustee of GlobalGirl Media UK, empowering young women through digital media training.
My Nepal connection goes back to an article I wrote in 1998 about sex trafficking, after which I co-founded Asha Nepal, a charity supporting trafficked women in Nepal. I adopted my daughter Simi, now a singer-songwriter, from Nepal in 2002. In 2006, we went to live in Pokhara, where I ran a photo project for disadvantaged girls. That's where I met Belmaya, then 14, who is subject and co-director of my feature documentary. I Am Belmaya (2020) is my first feature-length film.
Special Screening
I Am Belmaya
GlobalGirl Media Film Festival
London
2021
Official Selection
I Am Belmaya
Ethnofest
Athens
2021
Official Selection
I Am Belmaya
Nepal Human Rights International Film Festival
Kathmandu
2021
Official Selection
I Am Belmaya
I Will Tell International Film Festival
Fort Lauderdale
2021
Official Selection
I Am Belmaya
UNAFF (United Nations Association Film Festival)
San Francisco
2021
Official Selection
I Am Belmaya
Foyle Film Festival
Londonderry
2021
Official Selection
I Am Belmaya
Ramsgate International Film and TV Festival
Ramsgate
2021
Award of Excellence
I Am Belmaya
WRPN Women's International Film Festival
Lewes, Delaware
2021
Official Selection
I Am Belmaya
Great Asian World Cinema International Film Festival
online
2021
Best Documentary
I Am Belmaya
UK Asian Film Festival
London
2021
Best Women Filmmaker
I Am Belmaya
Indian Panorama International Film Festival
Mumbai
2021
Best Women's Film
I Am Belmaya
Maharashtra International Film Festival
Mumbai
2021
Best Women Filmmaker
I Am Belmaya
Bharat International Film Festival
Mumbai
2021
Official Selection
I Am Belmaya
Royal Anthropological Institute Film Festival
online
2021
Official Selection
I Am Belmaya
Global Health Film Festival
London
2020
Official Selection (preview version of film)
I Am Belmaya
Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival
Kathmandu
2019
Winner, Short Film Competition
Educate Our Daughters
UK Asian Film Festival (Mar 2019)
London
2019
Air Canada Award
Educate Our Daughters
Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival (Nov 2018)
Toronto
2018
Best Short Documentary
There's Something About Molly
Good Dog International Film Festival
Sydney
2016
2 nominations - Best Documentary, Raindance Discovery Award
I Am Belmaya
BIFA (British Independent Film Awards)
London
Nominee
I Am Belmaya
One World Media Awards
Current City
London
I'm dedicated to championing women and bringing their unheard voices and stories to the world
Company
Tideturner Films
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