Salon @ Spoke the Hub


A Monthly Evening of Writers’ Readings, Plays, Poetry, Music, Film and Informal Performance
Curated by Chiwanso Kaitano-Price & Donnaldson Brown

Sunday, June 14, 2015 – 5:00pm
STH Re:Creation Center – 748 Union Street. @ 6th Ave. Park Slope
Suggested Donation: $5 – Cash Bar

Join us for a film screening of “The Sari Soldiers” directed by

Julie Bridgham

Followed by a facilitated discussion.

JULIE BRIDGHAM is an award winning Director and Producer of documentary film and television with over 15 years of experience. She was the Director and Producer for the multi-award winning documentary feature “The Sari Soldiers,” for which she was granted a Sundance Institute Documentary Fellowship, and was the recipient of the Nestor Almendros Prize for courage and commitment in human rights filmmaking. She has directed numerous documentary series and feature films that have taken her around the globe, and has produced for CBS, BBC, the Discovery Channel, TLC, and the Travel Channel, among others. She lived in Nepal for over seven years, where she produced and directed films for the United Nations World Food Programme and The Nepal Youth Foundation, in addition to “The Sari Soldiers”, and the feature documentary in-progress “At the Edge of Sufficient.” Prior to working in documentary film and television she was a Project Officer with the United Nations for the project “Ecologically Sustainable Industrial Development” in Costa Rica, and was a researcher for the human rights organization Andean Information Network in Bolivia. Most recently, Julie is the Producer and Director for the interactive trans-media documentary “Shifting Borders” following Nepali migrant workers in Qatar, and is an Executive Producer for the feature documentary “Drawing the Tiger.”

Filmed over three years during the most historic and pivotal time in Nepal’s modern history, The Sari Soldiers is an extraordinary story of six women’s courageous efforts to shape Nepal’s future in the midst of an escalating civil war against Maoist insurgents, and the King’s crackdown on civil liberties. When Devi, mother of a 15-year-old girl, witnesses her niece being tortured and murdered by the Royal Nepal Army, she speaks publicly about the atrocity. The army abducts her daughter in retaliation, and Devi embarks on a three-year struggle to uncover her daughter’s fate and see justice done. The Sari Soldiers follows her and five other brave women, including Maoist Commander Kranti; Royal Nepal Army Officer Rajani; Krishna, a monarchist from a rural community who leads a rebellion against the Maoists; Mandira, a human rights lawyer; and Ram Kumari, a young student activist shaping the protests to reclaim democracy. The Sari Soldiers intimately delves into the extraordinary journey of these women on opposing sides of the conflict, through the democratic revolution that reshapes the country’s future


The Salon @ Spoke is a monthly literary and cultural “gathering” where artists of all stripes, at all stages of their careers, share their works-in-progress in an informal and supportive setting. Interested in being part of an upcoming Salon? Please contact: with proposals and length of presentation.