Saving Dolma: Female Migrant Domestic Workers in the Middle East

Produced and directed by Kesang Tseten, the documentary Saving Dolma reflects on the lives of female migrant domestic workers, one of the most vulnerable groups of workers, and the issues they face in the Middle East.

The story of Dolma Sherpa, a Nepali domestic worker accused of killing a Filipino co-worker and sentenced to death, opens a window for advocates, migrant workers, and families to share their experiences of resilience and struggle in the face of severe challenges that migrant workers endure.

A screening of the film was followed by a conversation with Luna Ranjit, co-founder and executive director of Adhikaar, a New York based nonprofit working with Nepali communities to promote human rights and social justice. Ranjit has more than ten years of experience in organizing, activism, and participatory action research in the U.S. and South Asia.


  • Maria Teresa Rojas, Director, International Migration Initiative (introductory remarks)
  • Jonathan Hulland, Program Coordinator, Nepal and Bhutan Initiatives (moderator) 
  • Luna Ranjit, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Adhikaar 

This event is co-sponsored by the Nepal and Bhutan Initiatives and the International Migration Initiative of the Open Society Foundations.

Date: November 2, 2011
Time: 5:30 p.m.

OSI-New York

Jonathan Hulland, Luna Ranjit, and Maria Teresa Rojas