Join us on Thursday 13 May 2021 at 6.00pm, for a virtual Cumberland Conversation with the documentary filmmaker, writer and photographer Sue Carpenter.
Sue will be talking to our Chief Executive, Ed Newell, about her experiences of supporting disadvantaged women and girls in Nepal, her work as director of Tideturner Films, which makes independent documentaries about social injustice, particularly in terms of women’s rights, and about her acclaimed new film, I Am Belmaya.
This Conversation takes the format of an informal conversation on Zoom, with participants watching off-camera, and an open question-and-answer session at the end. It is a free event, as part of our regular Cumberland Conversations series, and everyone is welcome.
Please register in advance using the Zoom registration link below, and scroll down for details of the exclusive online film screenings available to participants in this event.
Belmaya Nepali filming on the lake at Pokhara, Nepal
About Sue Carpenter
Sue has been involved in promoting women’s rights in Nepal for 20 years and is a founder and former trustee of Asha Nepal, a British charity that fights for exploited women and girls in Nepal. She is also a founding trustee of GlobalGirl Media UK, which empowers young women to change the male-dominated media narratives through digital media training.
As a journalist, she has written for national publications such as You magazine, Harper's Bazaar, the Daily Telegraph, Times, Daily Mail and Guardian. She has also written multiple books.
Sue moved into filmmaking in 2013 and several of her films and documentaries have attracted international acclaim. Her first short documentary, There’s Something About Molly, was the closing film at the New York Dog Film Festival 2015 and won Best Short Documentary at the 2016 Good Dog Film Festival in Sydney.
Sue’s feature-length documentary-film, I Am Belmaya, tells an inspiring tale of rebellion, courage and hope in patriarchal Nepal. It follows a young, orphaned and uneducated Nepali woman from the Dalit (‘untouchable’) caste, Belmaya Nepali.
In the film, Belmaya takes up a video camera and tells the story of how she stands up to her husband and wider society and reclaims her voice through filmmaking.
Sue co-produced and directed the film after meeting Belmaya over a decade ago, whilst living in Pokhara, Nepal, and teaching photography to disadvantaged girls. I am Belmaya received a five-star review from UK Film Review.
'I am hugely touched and impressed by this beautiful work. A daring and heartbreaking film, which fills one with hope and admiration. Its charm lies in its humour and sorrow, so deftly intermingled on the screen. Five shining stars from me.' - Joanna Lumley
How to join
To secure your place at this free Cumberland Conversation, please register in advance to join us on Zoom with this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_v2ymWAITQvGqIHQu549-SA
You will be sent an email with details of how to join on the day, and reminders ahead of the event.
Ordinarily, Cumberland Conversations take place physically, in The Mews at Cumberland Lodge, with teas and coffees and a chance to mingle with your fellow guests. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this series has gone online.
Exclusive film screening
All participants in this Conversation are invited to join an online private film screening of I Am Belmaya (1 hour 22 minutes), which is yet to be released to the public.
The film will be available to watch online via a private link, any time from 6.00pm on Thursday 20 May until 11.00pm on Friday 21 May 2021. Afterwards, there is an exclusive, pre-recorded Q&A between Sue and her co-director and star of the film, Belmaya.
Tickets for the screening are a minimum £10 donation per person. All funds will help to support the release and distribution of I Am Belmaya.
Once you have registered to join A Conversation with Sue Carpenter you will be sent a separate link to register for the film screening on Eventbrite.
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