WIFTI Worldwide Webinar in collaboration with WIFT Bhutan
Women filmmakers make up only a tiny percentage of the whole industry in Bhutan; they are also less visible and marginalized within a male-dominated field.
Being Bhutan’s first female director, Karma Deki faced many challenges and fortunately, this propelled her to initiate Bhutanese Women in Film and Television to support women in the industry and to amplify their voices and work.
Her dream is to support every woman working in the film industry by highlighting women’s achievements, providing professional development support, and advocating for equity and women’s empowerment in this male-dominated industry.
Meet the inspiring women that are making films and advocating for women’s filmmaking craft in Bhutan!
February 21, 10am Central European Time / 3pm Bhutanese Time
Namgay Zam is an independent journalist, and also the Executive Director of the Journalists’ Association of Bhutan. She has more than a decade’s experience in all forms of media. Zam is a trainer and consultant for media and gender issues. She is a mental health advocate and an LGBTIQ ally as well. Zam is a Young Asia Leader and a Fulbright Humphrey Fellow.
Nyema Zam is the Founder and CEO of Samuh, the first of its kind OTT platform in Bhutan. She is a communication and media specialist with over two decades of experience in Media. She has worked with the National Broadcaster of Bhutan, BBS as a News Anchor, News Editor and as the Head of Marketing and Public Relation Division. She has also worked as a media and communication consultant for UNDP Bhutan, Tourism Council of Bhutan and Ministry of Economic Affairs. Nyema has a masters degree in strategic communications from the University of Western Australia and is passionate about collaborating with a wide range of agencies and communities in developing an inclusive creative eco-system in Bhutan. She is a mother to two teenage boys and loves reading, travelling and listening to music during her free time.
Sonam Yangzom is one of the few women filmmaker in Bhutan. She is a videographer, video editor, director and documentary filmmaker. She has devoted most of her career in film making. Her documentary, The Curse has won the Best Documentary in American Academy of Neurology 2016 and best documentary in Beskop Tshechu. Her documentary Lyonpo Ugyen Tshering’s milestones and Parkinson won the best documentary award in Bhutan Film Festival, 2017.