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In 1997, 17-year-old Devi’s life took a harrowing turn. Arrested during the onset of civil war in Nepal, she was accused of rebellion, subjected to torture, and endured the unimaginable trauma of rape while in custody. Branded a “victim,” Devi faced the weight of social stigma, and battled depression and isolation. Her story didn’t end there, however. Devi is an immersive vérité film that follows her remarkable journey. From joining the rebel frontlines to ascending through the ranks and eventually serving as a member of parliament after the war’s end, Devi defied all odds. Through intimate encounters with her former lawyer and counsellor, the film digs deeply into personal moments, capturing Devi’s unwavering resilience. Supported by her diary, archival footage and breathtaking imagery, Devi reconstructs a history silenced by erasure, rewriting her own destiny in the process, and illuminates the power of survival, the quest for justice, and the conquering spirit of humanity.


  • Director(s)

    • Subina Shrestha
  • Producer(s)

    • Ashmita Chaudhary Khadka
    • Rosie Garthwaite
    • Heejung Oh
  • Executive Producer(s)

    • Sigrid Dyekjær
    • Dennis Paul
    • Danielle Turkov Wilson
    • Amy Shepherd
  • Editor(s)

    • Phil Jandaly
    • Nicole Halova
  • Cinematography

    • Bishnu Kalpit
  • Composer

    • Craig Sutherland
  • Sound

    • Jez Spencer
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