Three years in the making, The Sari Soldiers was filmed during the most pivotal time in Nepal’s modern history, as the country was in the midst of an escalating civil war. Six women are featured, and their courageous stories from opposing sides of the conflict provide a nuanced portrait of this tumultuous democratic revolution. “Intimate and engrossing, the film gives us six commitments and hopes” (The New Republic). Post-screening discussion led by Robin Phillips, executive director of the Advocates for Human Rights. 2008, video, In English and Nepali with English subtitles, 90 minutes.
is a Sundance Institute Documentary Fellow Director and received the 2008 Nestor Almendros prize for courage and commitment in human-rights filmmaking for The Sari Soldiers. Over the past six years, she has lived for extended periods in Nepal, where she produced and directed numerous documentaries, including several for the United Nations; Indentured Daughters, a look at the plight of Nepali girls sent into bonded labor; and the films Hope in the Himalayas and Children of Hope for the Nepalese Youth Opportunity Foundation. She has also produced and directed documentary series for the BBC, the Discovery Channel, and TLC.