Prasuna Dongol

Before You Were My Mother

Prasuna tries to come to terms with the differences she has with her mother and seeks a way to define her own life.




73 min




Nepal, Manipuri, Newari


Prasuna Dongol


Born and brought up in Manipur and currently living in New York, Ibemhal (59) left her childhood home in Manipur and moved to Nepal after her marriage. Ibemhal’s whole life has been dedicated to raising her two daughters while trying to find her own identity in new places. Who is Ibemhal beyond her identity as a mother and a wife? What was her life like in Manipur and Nepal- both conflict zones when she lived there? Prasuna, her elder daughter, seeks to find out.

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about the director

Prasuna Dongol is a documentary filmmaker from Kathmandu. She works as a DocLab Coordinator at KIMFF and is one of the Filmmaker Mentors for the Camera Sika project run by The British Council Nepal. She was also one of the Filmmaker Fellows of One World Media’s Global Short Doc Forum 2021. Her documentary Dolpa Diary (2019) was screened at many film festivals in and outside of Nepal. The documentary was awarded in the category of Best Adventure Film at KIMFF 2018 and Best Woman Filmmaker at Human Rights International Film Festival (HRIFF) 2019.

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