Nisha Budha is an extraordinary young Nepali woman who takes us on a journey back to visit her family and village in Jumla, a remote mountain district in far Western Nepal. Shot over a period of several years, the film is an expedition into a community steeped in ancient customs and beliefs and a rite of passage for this young woman coming to terms with her struggle against tradition while pursuing her personal dreams.
Director Miranda Morton Yap has worked as a facilitator, coordinator, producer and organizer in the creative arts for over a decade. She has worked in a variety of capacities for multiple projects ranging from commercials and short films, stage productions, as well as booking bands on tours and producing fundraising charity events. In recent years, she has spent time exploring the globe. The inspiration she found on those journeys sparked a desire to share the stories of the vibrant people and colourful places she encountered. Combining her professional experience with her interest in people and culture has culminated in her venture into documentary filmmaking and the establishment of Shakti Pictures.
Her co-director in this project is Sophie Dia Pegrum. Sophie is a British American film director and documentary cinematographer who has produced and shot films in the Antarctic, at the North Pole and in the Himalayas. Her documentary films include 77 Below, shot on the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica and featuring artist Lita Albuquerque and her ephemeral art installation “Stellar Axis”. She recently produced an award winning experimental short Come to the Edge and she and Miranda also collaborated on the award winning Talking to the Air: The Horses of the Last Forbidden Kingdom, which was shot on the border with Tibet in the high Himalaya. Besides working with Shakti Pictures, she is the co-owner of a film production company Horsefly Films Rare Equine Trust, which is producing a series of documentaries about rare equine cultures. Together they are working on a project on the Trans-gender community in Kathmandu.