Film Description: Ashmina tells the story of a 13-year old girl in Nepal, who lives with her family on the outskirts of Pokhara – the paragliding capital of the world. Ashmina must miss out on childhood experiences and schooling in order to help her family earn money from the tourists that flock to the area.
Director Biography: Passionate about writing and storytelling, Dekel has been shooting short “films” since he was 8 years old, using a VHS camcorder and a VCR for editing. When he was 21, after completing a mandatory three years’ service in the Israeli Defense Forces, he left his home country and moved to Budapest, London and New York before embarking on a five years long trip around the world, reaching far away places as the North Pole and Mount Everest. He returned to London in 2016 to write, direct, and produce his first film – The Girls Were Doing Nothing. The film has since been screened at dozens of festivals and received critical acclaim. His second short film, Ashmina, was inspired by his travels and is being turned into a full-length feature. The film will be made of five segments, each shot in a different country, and will capture the struggles that women face around the world, regardless of their age, race, or social background.