Hope With­out Future

One family’s dream of a bet­ter life. One country’s hope for a bet­ter future

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Hope With­out Future intro­duces Raju and Mam­ina, a young Nepalese cou­ple who, like many chil­dren in Nepal, spent their youth with­out par­ents and liv­ing at great risk. Now both in their early twen­ties, they have each made it through many per­sonal hard­ships — poverty, abuse and drug addic­tion — to find one another and love. They have worked hard to build a life together and start a fam­ily and believe that they can have a future.

Yet their hopes for a bet­ter life are reliant on Nepal find­ing polit­i­cal sta­bil­ity. After 13 years of insur­gency, at a cost of over ten thou­sand lives, the Maoist party finally came to the nego­ti­at­ing table. After two failed attempts, an elec­tion was set to take place in April 2008 under the threat of vio­lent clashes and bomb­ings. It was hoped the elec­tion would cre­ate a con­stituent assem­bly to write the country’s first con­sti­tu­tion, elect a Prime-​minister and, most impor­tantly, remove the monarch and in doing so turn the coun­try into a repub­lic. It would be a coun­try gov­erned by the peo­ple for the first time.

Awards: Awards: Sil­ver Ace Award, Las Vegas Film Fes­ti­val, Best Doc­u­men­tary, Reel­heart Film Fes­ti­val, Golden Palm Award, Mex­ico Inter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, Best Bio­graph­i­cal Doc­u­men­tary Moun­tain Film Fes­ti­val, Runner-​up Best Doc­u­men­tary, New Bei­jing Inter­na­tional Movie Fes­ti­val

Aso­ci­ate pro­ducer and sound record­ing by Gra­ham New­man. Writ­ten and directed by Dun­can Jep­son.
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