Tania Verbeeck’s documentary Women Take on Nepal has just won the best documentary at the Sony Film Festival for 2021.
In October 2019 Tania Verbeeck hiked to Everest Base Camp with an all-women’s support crew … and her camera.
Tania is a good friend of FHC. She, and a group of women, did the hike with Take on Nepal (TON), a trekking company run by Som Tamang and his wife Susan Devitt. The aim of TON is to provide career opportunities beyond FHC’s care, particularly for women. Tania is a professional marketer and videographer. With her camera she filmed her experiences, and those of the other women and guides on the trek. When she got home she found she had enough material to tell a story and so she did. The result is an award winning documentary called Women Take on Nepal. Some of the women highlighted in the film came up through FHC’s hostel.
The film articulates beautifully the difficulties and limitations confronting women in a very traditional and patriarchal regional Nepal. Som and Susan are doing something about that and Tania’s film explains how.
Tania wanted to use this film as a big-screen fund-raiser for FHC but COVID has made that very difficult. Part of the acclaim for the film coming her way is from Sony. She is a finalist in their film festival.
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