Hamro Katha: Showcasing the Work of Nepali Women Filmmakers

This event has now ended. You can watch a recording of the Q&A here.

Curated by the current cohort of ICO FEDS TraineesHamro Katha (which translates to ‘Our Stories’) highlights the work of women filmmakers from the bustling and somewhat underrepresented film scene in Nepal.

The programme shares the stories of women who want their voices heard and dreams shared, and aims to ignite discussion about the experiences faced by women in Nepal. Presented as a collection of shorts and a live filmmaker Q&A, Hamro Katha gives insight into contemporary Nepali culture, touching on themes of community, gender and women’s rights.

Tickets are just £5 and give you access to all elements of Hamro Katha.*

If you have any queries about the event, please get in touch at: info@independentcinemaoffice.org.uk

*Please note that Hajur is only available to view from the UK and Ireland. The rest of the films in the programme and the Q&A are available worldwide.


Film programme

Chandra | dir. Asmita Shrish, Fateme Ahmadi | 2015 | 15 mins

Little Chandra walks through earthquake-hit Kathmandu with his grandfather to visit his mother and newborn sibling in the hospital. What awaits them at the end?

Come Over for a Drink, Kanchii | dir. Sikuma Rai | 2020 | 26 mins

Come Over for a Drink, Kanchii is the filmmaker’s confrontation with the popular narrative in Nepal that alcoholism is the leading cause of the indigenous Rai community’s perceived backwardness.

Hajur | dir. Pinki Sris Rana, LSM | 2022 | 11 mins

Sarita, a young mother, is at the turning point of her career. She’s given it all for this project, but being a mother and a wife night and day, she’s finding it hard to piece together the puzzle. Will her ambition and hard work pay off, or will the four walls of the kitchen confine her as is expected by the society she lives in?

Pahichan | dir. Yajaswi Rai | 2019 | 7 mins

The story of Rukshana Kapali, Pahichan shows how her struggle for the acceptance and recognition of her identity is part of the daily routine for this 19-year-old trans woman in Nepal.

Period: A State of Purity | dir. Rewati Gurung | 2019 | 7 mins

Period: A State of Purity is a film about the menstruation practice of Tibetan Buddhist nuns in a remote monastery in the foothills of the Himalayas.

Stronger | dir. Belmaya Nepali | 2021 | 3 mins

An original song and film, shot in Nepal but with a universal message about girls’ desire to break free from parental and societal constraints and be themselves.


Live Filmmaker Q&A

6pm-7pm GMT, Wednesday 9 March

For this Q&A we will be joined by several of the filmmakers featured in the programme, who will be dialling in from Nepal and the UK to discuss their work and the ways they are creating change through filmmaking and community activism.

After the live event, a recording will be available to watch until 17 March.


• Asmita Shrish, director of Chandra
• LSM, co-director of Hajur
• Pinki Sris Rana, co-director of Hajur
• Sikuma Rai, director of Come Over for a Drink, Kanchii
• Yajaswi Rai, director of Pahichan
• Prasna Dongol (host)


About the curators

This event has been curated by the current cohort of ICO FEDS trainees, from an idea devised and led by Aagya Pradhan. FEDS is a ground-breaking scheme designed to give newcomers to the film industry the ultimate head-start through a ten-month paid traineeship in the film exhibition sector. The current trainees are:

• Aagya Pradhan (HOME)
• Asif Vehvaria (Phoenix Leicester)
• Eliza Sealy (Independent Cinema Office)
• Patrice Robinson (Barbican)
• Tanya Charteris-Black (Tyneside Cinema)


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