Mira Rai

A short film about a Nepali village girl who discovered that she was a mountain runner


18.10.2016  Mira Rai and Lloyd Belcher will be in Singapore & Malaysia for screenings of ‘Mira’ from January 18-28 2017. Read more

17.10.2016  ‘Mira’ has been selected as a finalist for the Mendi Film Festival 2016 Read more

14.10.2016  ‘Mira’ has been selected as a finalist for the Kendal Mountain Festival 2016 Read more

13.10.2016  ‘Mira’ has been selected for the 34th Festival de Cinema de Muntanya de Torello Read more

07.10.2016  ‘Mira’ has been selected as a finalist for the Banff Mountain Film Festival 2016. Read more

11.08.2016  ‘Mira’ wins ‘Prix du dépassement de soi’ at Les Diablerets Film Festival 2016 Read more

01.06.2016  ‘Mira’ wins ‘Best Film in Mountain Culture’ at New Zealand Mountain Film Festival 2016 Read more

“A complex story presented simply and elegantly, and it’ll make you an impossibly dedicated fan of Mira Rai.” – IRunFar [US Media]

“‘Mira’ makes for a beautiful viewing that gives hope.” – Lex Limbu [Popular Nepalese Blogger]

‘Mira’ follows the journey of a spirited Nepali village girl on her pursuit to being a world-recognised mountain runner. Growing up in a remote mountain village in Nepal, Mira always dreamed of being successful in sport despite all the challenges that she & other Nepali girls face. After running away from home, Mira joined the Maoist army until as a young adult, she travelled the long distance to Kathmandu to try her luck. Out of money, she was about to return home to her village, when by chance on a morning run, she meets another runner who tells her about a long running race in the local hills. She wins it and soon begins to realise her tough mountain village upbringing has prepared her perfectly for this sport.

This inspirational story, filmed across Nepal, Hong Kong, Australia, Spain, Italy & France tells the story of Mira’s journey in the face of adversity to compete against the world’s best mountain runners.


“MIRA is a film for all, runner or not, it’s just great story telling!” – Ian Corless [Podcaster, UK]

“Amazing story and beautifully put together” – Jez Braggs [The North Face Athlete]

“Have just shown the Mira Rai film in Lausanne. Everybody thought it was fantastic and many moved to tears. Beautiful film and Mira a true inspiration.” – Heather Lima [NORLHA] after symposium screening attended by United Nations & Swiss Government officials.

“The filming is beautiful and I feel like it could be watched on silent and still appreciated for the beauty of the footage.” – Krissy Moehl [Patagonia Elite Athlete]

“If you love a good story , adventure, epic landscapes and trail running wrapped in a great tale about an inspirational human being , worth watching this one” – Trail Runner Magazine [Australia/New Zealand]

Watch ‘Mira’

‘Mira’ is available to watch via Vimeo here & 100% of net proceeds from these Vimeo sales go to funding the screening of this film across Nepal in remote places using mobile cinemas & for girls who would potentially be inspired by watching Mira’s film.

Additional language versions of ‘Mira’ are available. Currently these include Chinese & French with Spanish & German coming soon.

Progression in pictures

Mira with her brother and grandmother wearing UNICEF berets.
Mira rai himalaya outdoor festival
mira rai hong kong sai kung trail race
mira finish line msig feb 7 hong kong lloyd belcher

Behind the scenes

During filming at Bouddha.
Mira Rai filming with Lloyd Belcher at Bouddha
mira rai sadhus

A chance is like a leaf on a river, you have to grab it quick, or it’s gone forever.– Mira Rai