Urmila: My Memory Is My Power

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    Urmila: My Memory Is My Power

    Directed by

    Germany

    2016

    87 min

    • Nepali
    • Tharu

    Documentary

    At the age of six, Urmila was sold into slavery by her family in Nepal. Now 21 and having escaped her horrific and abusive conditions, she struggles to take back her power as a fervent anti-slavery activist who also wants to become a lawyer to bring change to her country. Despite her unwavering self-determination and courage, Urmila finds her life is still controlled by others—this time by the pressures of people's expectations and the desire of others to shape her career and life's path. This intimate and touching film follows Urmila's quest for justice and her dream to end child slavery in Nepal. But first she must break through the control of those around her so she can begin to make her own life choices.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Susan Gluth
    Silke Cecilia Schultz
    Kristl Filippi
    Cinematography
    Susan Gluth
    Editing
    Xavier Box
    Susan Gluth
    Music
    Dominic Miller
    Hagay Sofer
    Christian Conrad
    Production
    GLUTHFILM / ZERO FICTION FILM
    Susan Gluth

    Susan Gluth

    Germany

    Before studying at the Academy of Film and Television in Munich in 1995, Susan joined practical training as a forest ranger, cook and a veterinarian in the 1980ies. After secondary school and studying business and commerce she went in 1990 for longer stays in Italy and France, developing her photographic skills and working in the advertising scene . Already at filmschool she produced, shot and directed several films that were shown at festivals worldwide as well as on TV. For example 1999 L’AMOUR CHEZ TATI (ZDF/ARTE), 2000 OSTWÄRTS (ARD), 2003 NULLA SI SA, TUTTO S’IMMAGINA ... SECONDO FELLINI (ARTE). After a festival screening in Milano the Corriere della sera was delighted: "Fellini wouldn't have done it better“. Susan's first feature film after filmschool was finalised 2006 SHADOWS OF FATE, A REFUGEE CHILDHOOD (BR/Telepool). The documentary was shot in Chad/Afrika in a refugee camp with Darfuri children running away from war in Sudan. The german press wrote: "Touching!“or „Africa without any cliches. After the film you understand what it means to be a refugee“. In 2008 SOAP AND WATER (ZDF, Kleines Fernsehspiel) was out. The Hollywood Reporter wrote: "In the very best neo-realist tradition of Vittorio De Sica and his magnificent testaments to the valor of unnoticed people." Following this film Susan decided to spent a year to learn about the distribution business. In 2009 she distributed SOAP AND WATER for theatrical release on 35mm prints. Already at filmschool up to date she works also as a freelance camera person for documentary films all around the world. Her next feature film URMILA - MY MEMORY IS MY POWER (Al Jazeera) as shot in Nepal. It was pre-listed for the german film award LOLA, premiered at Hot Docs and is awarded internationally. After more than 12 years of following the idea to GESTORBEN WIRD MORGEN the film is ready by 2018.

    Selected Filmography