Director: Dekel Berenson Country: Nepal Genre: Drama Runtime: 15m Block O Screening: Close Up Cinema 24.08 Time: 3.15-4.30 pm
Nestled between a beautiful lake and the Himalayas, Ashmina, 13, lives with her family at the outskirts of Pokhara Nepal, paragliding capital of the world. The remote and traditional town is also a busy tourist destination where the locals are profoundly affected by the swarms of tourists who visit it daily. Forced to skip school, Ashmina helps her family make ends meet by working at the landing field, packing the parachutes of foreign pilots in return of small change.
Dekel Berenson is a writer, activist and graphic designer. Drawing inspiration from traveling to more than sixty countries, Dekel explores real-world social and humanitarian issues. His first short “The Girls were doing Nothing” was critically acclaimed and won the Best Actress Award (Katie Alexander-Thom) at the New Renaissance Film Festival, London 2018. His second short film, “Ashmina” has won several prizes, including Best Short Film award at the 59th Krakow Film Festival, qualifying the short to compete for the upcoming Academy Awards. His third film, “Anna”, premiered as Official Selection in Competition at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival. Dekel is currently working on his first feature film, Broken Wings. The film will be made up of five segments, each shot in a different country, and will capture the struggles that women face around the world, regardless of their age, race, or social background.