Today in happenings ON YOUR TV, this extraordinary, Oscar-short-listed documentary is premiering on HBO 2 at 8pm.
A riveting account of war and politics in Nepal, WOMAN REBEL follows the story of a young woman – code name Silu. Over the course of 15 years, Nepal descended into bloody revolution and then emerged with a (now stalemated) democratic government. Driven to fight for the rights of women and the poor, Silu left her family of subsistence farmers and rose through the ranks of the guerilla Maoist army. Then she became a democratically elected official and continues her work for social justice today. Rock.
Intrepid 20-something filmmaker Kiran Deol (a Harvard classmate of Jess‘s!) spent years in Nepal following Silu’s story, interviewing her family, and documenting the transformation of the guerilla rebel army into a political movement.
40% of this rebel army was female. Women rose to positions of power within the army and subsequently within the Parliament. Silu’s story is fascinating because her life is extraordinary, but also because her achievements symbolize the growing power of women in Southeast Asia.
Watch the trailer HERE. And tune in to the full doc tonight!
We saw it last week at a screening here in NY and left the theater inspired, overcome, and wondering WTF Is Up With Nepalese Politics?! There may be ongoing strife and civil unrest, but at almost 33%, Nepal has a higher percentage of women in its Parliament than we do here in the US Congress.
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