She met opposition from her conservative husband and family as she strived for an independent voice. As she took charge of her camera the power balance shifted in more ways than one. As well as making her own graduation film, she has recorded much of the footage for my documentary, giving private, tender and eye-opening glimpses of her domestic life. Together with the teenage tapes, the result is an extraordinarily intimate window into Belmaya’s world, spanning 13 years.
Domestic strife and the 2015 earthquakes threatened to derail her ambitions. But she persisted and in 2017, her first film, Educate Our Daughters, a personal take on the importance of education for girls, was selected for KIMFF, along with a second film about boatwomen’s struggles in Pokhara.
Educate Our Daughters went on to be selected for prestigious festivals in Toronto, Chicago and the UK.
I Am Belmaya screens at 1pm on Saturday 14 December at KIMFF
City Hall, Kathmandu
Q&A with Sue Carpenter and Belmaya Nepali.