In a country where boys receive an education, men seek employment in larger cities and girls and women are often left to work on family farms and within their homes, Durga’s is a story of defying cultural, societal and familial expectations to pursue an independent life. It is a story of female empowerment and gender equality about a brave young woman who is forging her own trail.
This short film explores and celebrates bold dreams and the unwavering strength it takes to overcome doubt, discrimination and harassment to break free from the narratives that are put before us and intentionally reach for a life that is uniquely ours.
DURGA is a production of La Cumbre Collective. Our team managed all creative and logistical elements for this project from conception through release and distribution. The film was made possible with support from Arc’teryx, Teva, Osprey, IFundWomen and more than 100 individual contributors. DURGA was filmed in Nepal in October and November 2019 and premiered virtually at No Man’s Land Film Festival on March 6, 2021.
Thank you to the following companies as well as the 100+ individuals who generously contributed to the film.
"Working with Emily and La Cumbre Collective on DURGA was a pleasure! Emily is professional, organized and kept us in the loop at every step of the project so we never felt in the dark about our investment.
You can see the passion and care Emily puts into her work through the final product – she took on a huge task and created a rich, stunning and inspiring story that needed to be shared. I look forward to working with La Cumbre Collective again and seeing the next story they create."
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