RUNNER UP NZMFF BEST MOUNTAIN CULTURE FILM
21 mins, Director Emily Hopcian, USA, NZ premiere.
This film is the story of 34-year-old Durga Rawal, the only guide of any gender from her village in northern Nepal. In a country where boys receive an education, men seek employment in larger cities and girls and women are often left to work on family farms and within their homes, Durga’s story is about defying cultural, societal and familial expectations to pursue an independent life. It is a story of female empowerment and gender equality, featuring a brave young woman who is forging her own trail.