Magar women

17th September 2020



Italian contest

Brief Synopsis:

The life of a group of women living in Nangi, a tiny village on the rugged mountain ranges of Nepal, the Magar Women. They produce income, decide for themselves, love nature. They have a such a pronounced sense of community, that their village became a model of women emancipation. In a country where the women conditions are one of the world’s worst ones, the Nangi women fight with the strength of their smile. A choral film presenting these women in their everyday activities: the “group work” and the herbarium, the community meetings and the religious rituals in the so called “Magic Forest”. Around them the amazing landscape of one of the world most high and unknown mountain ranges.


Directed by: Rosario Simanella
Production: FUFILM
Producer: Cristina Donno
Editing: Rosario Simanella
Cinematography: Marco Landini
Running time: 58’
Country: Italy
Year: 2020
Contacts: FUFILM │

Director’s note:

“The men who live in Nangi”, said Elsa the French girl who spoke to me first about Magar women community, “have always been used to work abroad, and the women who remained in the village have therefore developed a political autonomy of decision-making an unusual economic situation for the Nepalese society to which they belong. ”
This immediately caught my attention, as I knew the Nepalese male-dominated society well, and after a few years, thanks to the contacts left by Elsa, I left for Nepal.
Rosario Simanella