Woman Rebel

One woman rebel soldier's revolution; from the jungles of Nepal to the halls of Parliament.
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36 mins
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40% of the rebel army in Nepal were women over the course of a ten year revolution. Woman Rebel follows one woman (codename 'Silu') on her incredible journey--from the jungles to the halls of Parliament.

Featured review

Deol's powerful documentary follows Silu trying to make changes to her government for women's equality and justice. When one considers that the fight for women's equality in the United States has somehow given way to the fight for the right to be objectified, this film is an eye-opening must see.
Krista Westervelt
Entertainment Gather


Over the course of a controversial ten year revolution in Nepal, 40% of the guerilla army fighting against the government were women. Woman Rebel follows the story of one such woman (codename "Silu") on her incredible journey, from the jungles, all the way through to the halls of Parliament. It's a powerful, unconventional topic featuring women as agents of change, not victims of circumstance.


The provocative nature of the film is its subject matter. It personalizes the violence of this bloody conflict through the experiences of one woman. It should be of interest to a variety of college courses as well as the general public.
Linda Kelly Alkana
Educational Media Reviews Online (EMRO)
Woman Rebel offers a tender glimpse into the experiences of a courageous young warrior propelled into battle by her deep yearning for human rights. This film effortlessly transitions between the personal testimonies of Silu and short explanations of the overarching events and issues that affected the entire nation.
Ashley Braun
University of Arizona, Social Responsibility Roundtable
...offers a mature and fascinating look at Nepal's extraordinary social upheaval, chronicling the unlikely rise of a Nepalese woman from rural poverty to leadership. Silu is an eloquent and empowering voice...this title is highly recommended.
P. Hall
Video Librarian
Plenty of hard questions are allowed to hover around the edges of the generally sympathetic narrative. These features make it an excellent choice for stimulating discussion in courses on women's rights, gender relations, politics in developing countries, or philosophical ethics.
Timothy Lubin
Asian Educational Media Service (AEMS)

Awards and Screenings

Cine Golden Eagle Award 2010
Best of the Fest Award 2010
International Documentary Association Best Short Award 2010
One of eight films 'shortlisted' for Academy Award 2010
Emmy Nominated "Best Outstanding Research" 2011
HBO National Premiere (USA) August 2010
NHK National Premiere (JAPAN) February 2011
Columbia University SIPA Screening 2011

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