Maryville to Screen ‘The Sari Soldiers’


Maryville University’s International Admissions office and The Nepali Women’s Global Network of St. Louis (NWGN) will present the movie, The Sari Soldiers, at 4 p.m. on June 20, in University Auditorium on the main campus. The film chronicles the courageous efforts of six Nepali women in the midst of civil war in Nepal.

Tickets cost $10 for students (valid ID required); $15, general public. Tickets may be purchased online.

The award-winning documentary follows this diverse group of Nepalese women over a period of three years as they fight to shape their country’s future in the face of Maoist insurgents.

Directed by Julie Bridgham, a Sundance Institute Documentary Fellow, the film brings to light a critical period in the modern history of Nepal. Bridgham will attend the viewing and give a presentation.

Travis Coverdell, director of International Admissions for Maryville University, hopes the viewing not only strengthens the Maryville’s international presence, but also fosters support for the people of Nepal.

“We want to open the doors of Maryville University to the global community and highlight international companies and organizations in the St. Louis area,” Coverdell said. “Also, we are actively recruiting Nepali students, so it is important that we are aware of the situation in their country.”

NWGN is a non-profit, non-partisan, volunteer-based organization that strives to empower Nepali women and the Nepali community through a global network of friendship to promote shared responsibility and cultivate social change.

Arati Maleku, president of the St. Louis NWGN chapter, said the partnership with highly regarded institutions like Maryville University is an important asset to create collaboration and networking opportunities with the St. Louis community.

“Over the years, we are hoping this relationship will not only open more avenues for Nepali students coming to Maryville and to St. Louis, but also create a cohesive global learning opportunity for students both from the U.S. and around the world,” Maleku said.

Maryville University, founded in 1872, is a four-year, private university located in west St. Louis County. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges in the Masters-Midwest category, Maryville University students may choose from 50 academic programs, including degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. Among recent graduates, 94 percent are employed or attending graduate school. More than 15,000 Maryville alumni work and live in the St. Louis region.