Drawing the Tiger

UNICEF Award

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Filmed over seven years, “Drawing the Tiger” is an intimate portrait of a family in Nepal who get a chance to break their cycle of poverty. Their brightest child is awarded a scholarship to attend school in the city. When she doesn’t return home, the family is forced to survive without her and the opportunity they believed would change their fate.

 

Ramyata Limbu: Nepal native Ramyata co-produced and shot the documentary “Dreams Of Chomolungma” for PBS’s Frontline World, and co-produced and shot the award winning feature documentary “Daughters Of Everest”. For six years she was a producer for Young Asia Television, making programs focusing on social issues in Nepal. Ramyata is also the Director of the Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival, and is currently working as a producer for Al Jazeera. Her most recent feature documentary work is co-producing “The Sari Soldiers”, a Sundance Institute grantee film about female soldiers on both sides of the Maoist insurgency in Nepal.

Amy Benson: Director/Producer: Amy is the co-owner of Nonfiction Media, a production company in Seattle. She has shot and edited over 25 short films telling the stories of nonprofits in the Pacific Northwest, Africa and Asia. Her personal documentary short— “Three: Impressions From The Struggle For Girls’ Education” was the centerpiece of the UNIFEM Singapore film festival. Another short, “Called To Shine”, about Clarksdale, Mississippi’s only female preacher, premiered at the Langston Hughes film festival. Her very first short about life in a local homeless encampment won awards from SIFF and The Seattle Times. This is her first feature length documentary.

Country
Nepal
Year
2015
Length
92'
Original Language
Nepali
Directed By
Amy Benson, Ramyata Limbu
Produced by
Amy Benson, Scott Squire
Edited by
Fiona Otway
Sound
Scott Squire
Script
Fiona Otway
Camera
Scott Squire, Shailendra Karki
Contact Info
Amy Benson,
4408 Delridge Way SW #405,
Seattle, WA 98106,
USA

Email: benson@nonfictionmedia.com
Website: www.drawingthetiger.com
 

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