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The Sari Soldiers

Julie Bridgham / United States - Nepal / 2008 / 90 ' / Nepali - English / S.T. English


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Awards & Festivals

Human Rights Watch Film Festival, NY, Nestor Almendros Prize
WATCH DOCS Human Rights in Film Int’l Film Festival, Feature Length Competition Special Mention
Rencontres International Film Festival, Camera as Activist Award
Best Socio-Political Film Tri-Continental Film Festival, India, Grand Jury Prize
Brooklyn International Film Festival, Spirit Award
One World Film FestivGrand Jury Prizeal, Prague, Special Jury Mention
Human Rights Watch Film Festival, London
Human Rights Watch Int'l Traveling Film Festival
Human Rights Watch Film Festival, Buenos Aires
India International Women’s Film Festival
Pravo Ljudski Human Rights Film Festival, Sarajevo
The Himalayan Film Festival, Amsterdam
International Documentary Association, DocuWeeks
DOC NZ International Film Festival, New Zealand
Kathmandu Mountain Film Festival
Boulder International Film Festival
The Female Eye Film Festival, Toronto
Seattle Human Rights Film Festival
Toronto Human Rights Watch Film Festival
Seattle, Film, Faith and Justice Festival

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Six heroes in Nepal resist the King's oppression and fight for the future of their country.


Filmed over three years during the most historic and pivotal time in Nepal’s modern history, The Sari Soldiers is an extraordinary story of six women’s courageous efforts to shape Nepal’s future in the midst of an escalating civil war against Maoist insurgents, and the King’s crackdown on civil liberties. When Devi, mother of a 15-year-old girl, witnesses her niece being tortured and murdered by the Royal Nepal Army, she speaks publicly about the atrocity. The army abducts her daughter in retaliation, and Devi embarks on a three-year struggle to uncover her daughter’s fate and see justice done. The Sari Soldiers follows her and five other brave women: Maoist Commander Kranti; Royal Nepal Army Officer Rajani; Krishna, a monarchist from a rural community who leads a rebellion against the Maoists; Mandira, a human rights lawyer; and Ram Kumari, a young student activist shaping the protests to reclaim democracy. The Sari Soldiers delves into the extraordinary journey of these women on opposing sides of the conflict and the democratic revolution reshaping their country’s future.


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