Bishop Simeon Trust presents 'I Am Belmaya' + short films


CHANGING THE STORY: An evening of documentary film presented by the Picture House and the Bishop Simeon Trust featuring the new release documentary film ‘I Am Belmaya’, which is being screened in addition to ‘Changing The Story’ short films ‘Phendulani’s Story’ and ‘Malume Uya Lumana’.

With introduction from Martin Keat from Bishop Simeon Trust and short talk from Paul Cooke from the Changing The Story project.

Doors open 7pm, starts 7.45pm, approx end time 10.15pm.

Dominated by her husband, family and society, Belmaya is desperate for independence. Born in a poor hill village in Nepal, a Dalit (the lowest, ‘untouchable’ caste), orphaned aged nine, and trapped in an abusive marriage with a baby daughter, Belmaya, at 21, has given up hope of finding happiness.

Rewind to 2006, when Belmaya, then a feisty teenager living in a girls’ home in Pokhara, participated in a photo project. Impassioned and inspired, she was eager to change her discriminatory world through photography. But that window closed when the home locked away her camera.

Now she gets a second chance, this time to train in documentary filmmaking. Picking up the camera once more, her old spark returns. Determined to create a better life for her young daughter, Belmaya gains the skills and confidence to forge a new path. She embarks on her graduation film about the importance of education for girls. But are her resentful husband and conservative community ready for this?

An inspirational tale of rebellion, courage and hope, shot over five years, as Belmaya battles to change her story and take charge of her life.

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