Urmila – my memory is my power



PRE NOMINATION German Film Award 2016


Filmbewertungs-stelle Wiesbaden 2016


BEST FILM  Kathmandu Int. Filmfestival 2016


SHORTLIST for One World Media Award 2017, London


Urmila wants to change Nepal. This young woman fights with admirable energy against centuries-old social structures. She has but one goal: the end of child slavery. Her political activities drive her to assume responsibility for others, but must also think of herself.

“Children go to school. Adults go to work!” Urmila shouts angrily in a protest march on the streets of Kathmandu. Together with her fellow campaigners she frees girls from captivity, demands of the Prime Minister the end of slavery, holds press conferences, travels to Oslo and New York – and tries back at home in Ghorahi to complete the next year at school. She has big plans: she wants to study and become a lawyer.

At the age of six Urmila Chaudhary was sold by her family as a household slave to people in the capital. Every year her parents received $50 from her masters, for whom Urmila had to work up to 15 hours every day. The deep-rooted traditions of bondage continue to keep the people in southern Nepal in abject poverty. She was eventually freed at the age of 17. Since then she has been trying to find her own way in life.

Despite her unwavering self-determination and courage, Urmila finds her life is still controlled by others – this time by the pressures of people’s expectations and the desire of others to shape her career and life’s path. The intimate and touching portrait follows Urmila’s quest for justice and her dream to end child slavery in Nepal in an unusual way. First she must break through the control of those around her and fight against the inner demons of her past to begin to make her own life choices.




Urmila Chaudhary, Phulpat Chaudhary, Khalsi Chaudhary, Annita Chaudhary, Sarmila Chaudhary, Man Bahadur Chhetri, Karmu Chaudhary, Andreas Riechelmann, Olga Murray

FKDF–girls, Lawajuni-Hostel-girls, Pear Kamalari Natty Samuha, Kamalari-theater group, FKDF-staff

Jit Bahadur Shaha, Madhab Pokhrel, Govinda Mani Bhurtel, Chitta Lekha Yadab, Sushil Koirala, Albert Wiking, Oscar Edlund, Saraswati Chaudhary, Journalists in the press-conference


EDITOR  Xavier Box, susan gluth   SCRIPT  susan gluth, Silke C. Schultz, Kristl Filippi   ORIGINAL SOUND  Benjamin Simon, Ulla Kösterke   TRANSLATOR ON SET  Benju Lwagun   CO-ORDINATION IN NEPAL  Man Bahadur Chhetri   ARTISTIC CONSULTANT  Thomas Heiber   HD COLOUR GRADING  Ronney Afortu, Optical Arts   TITLE DESIGN  Bernd Müller, graphikcafe

MUSIC  Guitar: Dominic Miller, Hang: Hagay Sofer   SOUNDDESIGN / MUSIC  Christian Conrad   MUSIC CONSULTANT  Antonio Martinez   RE-RECORDING MIXER  Matthias Lempert   SOUNDDESIGN  Helen Neikes   MIXING STUDIO  Sonnenstudio

LAYWERS  Dr. Daniel Kaboth, Kanzlei Ampersand, Dr. Christian Dietrich   TAX CONSULTANT  Anke Grothe, Steuerbüro Grothe Lilienthal   ACCOUNTING  Piotr Odemski   SUBTITLES  Katja Büssemeier, Michael Hale, SUBS

PRODUCERS  susan gluth, Martin Hagemann   PRODUCTION COMPANIES  gluthfilm, zero fiction film GmbH   WRITTEN and DIRECTED BY  susan gluth