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I Am Belmaya

classified 12A PS
Film

Fri 22 - Thu 28 Oct

Director
Sue Carpenter, Belmaya Nepali
Cast
Belmaya Nepali
Details
82 mins, Partially Subtitled, 2021, UK
Primary language
English

Born a Dalit (the lowest, ‘untouchable’ caste) in Nepal, and orphaned at the age of nine, 21-year-old Belmaya has given up hope of finding happiness. As a teenager she participated in a photography project at a girls’ home in Pokhara which impassioned and inspired her to change her discriminatory world through photography. But that opportunity was snatched away from her when the home locked away her camera, when years later she gets a second chance to train in documentary filmmaking, she grabs it and reclaims her voice.

I Am Belmaya is an extraordinarily intimate window into Belmaya’s world, giving an insight into the brutality of life for many girls and women in Nepal, and showing her determination to challenge social norms and transcend the life she was born into. The result is a rich portrait, interweaving observational material with footage shot by Belmaya, which challenges the traditional roles of director/subject, as she becomes co-director of her own story.

  • Screenings of I Am Belmaya on Wed 27 Oct are part of our Cinébites deal: get 30% off any main dish in the Café & Bar with a valid cinema ticket.

AD
Audio Description
Baby
Baby screening
Bite
Cinébites meal deal
CTBA
Certificate to be announced
D
Dubbed
DS
Descriptive Subtitling
Intro
Introductory Talk
PR Intro
Pre-recorded Intro
PR QA
Pre-recorded Q&A
PS
Partially Subtitled
QA
Q&A Session
R
Recorded
RS
Relaxed Screening
S
Subtitled
SD
25% Socially Distanced screening
Times TBC
To be confirmed