Lahureni (Gurkha Girl)

Lahureni (Gurkha Girl)

Nepal

2021

35 min

Nepal

2021

35 min

Dilmaya, a young girl from the mountains of Nepal, wants to lift her family out of poverty. She hears news that Britain, which has traditionally recruited young Nepali men in its army for more than 200 years, will recruit Nepali young women in its Gurkha regiments. Dilmaya sees it as a once in a lifetime career opportunity, a chance to earn a lucrative salary in comparison to the average Nepali income. She travels to a nearby city, a day’s bus ride away from her village and joins a training center to prepare for the rigorous selection process. The training is tough and the girls work as hard as the boys. Dilmaya and a dozen other hopeful young girls devote themselves to training. At the same time, governments of Nepal and Britain negotiate for several years but do not reach an agreement about the recruitment of Nepali girls into the British Army. Dilmaya, who will soon cross the age limit for recruitment, fears that she might be ineligible to join Nepal’s national forces as well.

Dilmaya, a young girl from the mountains of Nepal, wants to lift her family out of poverty. She hears news that Britain, which has traditionally recruited young Nepali men in its army for more than 200 years, will recruit Nepali young women in its Gurkha regiments. Dilmaya sees it as a once in a lifetime career opportunity, a chance to earn a lucrative salary in comparison to the average Nepali income. She travels to a nearby city, a day’s bus ride away from her village and joins a training center to prepare for the rigorous selection process. The training is tough and the girls work as hard as the boys. Dilmaya and a dozen other hopeful young girls devote themselves to training. At the same time, governments of Nepal and Britain negotiate for several years but do not reach an agreement about the recruitment of Nepali girls into the British Army. Dilmaya, who will soon cross the age limit for recruitment, fears that she might be ineligible to join Nepal’s national forces as well.

Original Language

Nepali

Direction

Bishal Roka Magar

Camera

Bishal Roka Magar/ Mohan Pun Magar/ Ujjwal Adhikari

Editing

Pranav Narayan Manandhar

Sound

Bishalman Shrestha

Script

Bishal Roka Magar

Producer

Black Sulpa Production

Filmmaker

Filmmaker

Bishal Magar is a trainer in a pre-Gurkha training center. In 2016 he had the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of cinema through a short filmmaking course in Kathmandu. The following year, he earned a diploma from Dov Simons’s Cinema Director and Film Production program. Magar has written and directed a few short films, and Lahureni is his first documentary short. He was born in 1992 and raised in the indigenous Magar community in the western hills of Nepal. Magar’s ancestral home is in a remote mountain village in Rolpa without a cinema hall. The decade-long Maoist insurgency originated in this region of Nepal, impacting the social and political lives of thousands. Magar believes there are many stories here that are yet to be told. He wants to share these stories with the rest of Nepal and the world through the medium of cinema.

Bishal Magar is a trainer in a pre-Gurkha training center. In 2016 he had the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of cinema through a short filmmaking course in Kathmandu. The following year, he earned a diploma from Dov Simons’s Cinema Director and Film Production program. Magar has written and directed a few short films, and Lahureni is his first documentary short. He was born in 1992 and raised in the indigenous Magar community in the western hills of Nepal. Magar’s ancestral home is in a remote mountain village in Rolpa without a cinema hall. The decade-long Maoist insurgency originated in this region of Nepal, impacting the social and political lives of thousands. Magar believes there are many stories here that are yet to be told. He wants to share these stories with the rest of Nepal and the world through the medium of cinema.

Contact

Bishal Roka Magar

Namuna Tole, Dhodeni,

Ghorahi-18, Dang, Rapti Nepal

Contact

Bishal Roka Magar

Namuna Tole, Dhodeni,

Ghorahi-18, Dang, Rapti Nepal