Samjana "Memories and Resistance"
We spent about a month in Nepal from December 2006 to January 2007. We have been hosted by the All Nepal's Women Association-Revolutionary, the largest and most influential women's organization in Nepal, we have been walking for about two weeks with our hosts from mountain to mountain (according to Nepalese, there are only heels) passing and visiting many different villages during our walk. Most important of all, spending time with Nepali women; women who were part of a decade of people’s struggle and resistance against multiple forces, women who scarified so many things and lost so many loved ones in order to reach equality and freedom, and are still full of life and hope for the future.
A complete opposite to what we see in the mainstream media, a portrait of women as a victim, with no power, unable to even talk about improving their lives.
Samjana is a young Nepali woman, a member of All Nepal's Women Association- Revolutionary. She guides us through mountains and introduced different villagers and communities to us that we could learn more about real life and people in Nepal and also to find subjects to interview for our documentary.We spend days and nights with Samjana, who humbly guided us all through these difficult mountains, before to realize that Samjana is the one we are looking for.
“Samjana” means memories.
- Shahrzad Arshadi
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31 minutes • Color • 2007 • DVD • NTSC • 4:3
*With optional French subtitling
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