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Returned: Child Soldiers of Nepal's Maoist Army

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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: DER
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 30 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2008
Available in French: No

Imagine being forced to leave your family and fight in war you don't understand - and you are only eleven years old. Sadly, for many of these child soldiers in Nepal this is a reality and the peace process has not solved their problems. These children quickly discovered that the return home is even more painful than the experience of war.
Returned follows several Nepali child soldiers including Asha, a young Nepali girl, who was sent home from the Maoists' People's Liberation Army after the ceasefire. Asha joined the Maoist army when she was 14-years-old. For this young low caste girl, joining the Maoists was a pathway to a future with education and employment. Despite two years of being on the frontlines, her biggest concern was what would await her when she returned home. Would she turn to commercial sex work, become a domestic slave, or would she be banished from her home and forced into marriage?
Returned weaves the voices of Nepal's child soldiers, organizations working to help them, and military leader's from Nepal's opposing forces, who answer challenging questions about their use of childen as warriors.

  • Best Short, Children's Advocacy 5th Annual Artivist Film Festival, Hollywood, CA, 2008
  • Best Student Work, Society for Visual Anthropology Film, Video and Interactive Media Festival, 2008
  • Best Documentary Short 2008 Atlanta Underground Film Festival, 2008

Screened at:
  • CARE Film Festival, Johannesburg, 2008
  • Himalayan Film Festival, Amsterdam, 2009
  • Document 7 - International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Scotland, 2009
  • Days of Ethnographic Film, Moscow, 2009
  • Children & Armed Conflict: Risk, Resilience & Mental Health Conference, Washington DC, 2009 (long version)
  • Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, 2010
  • Anthropology Film Festival at UBC, Vancouver, Canada, 2010

Links: nepaldocumentary.com/Main.aspx