She seeks out and spends time with the young women who have been Living Goddesses
and tries to understand their lives before, during and after--when they are forced to re-join society as a mortal as well as the feelings of their families and those who venerate them.
The country has many Kumaris in some cases a single city has several living goddesses but the most prominent and revered among them is the living goddess of Kathmandu called the Royal Kumari.
However the living goddesses are not allowed to speak to people other than their family members and caretakers.
Sajani Shakya, 10, had been designated one of about a dozen living goddesses
in Nepal who are considered earthly manifestations of the Hindu deity Kali.
That's what happened to 10-year-old Sajani Shakya after British helmer Ishbel Whitaker made "Living Goddess," a docu about Shakya's life as the Kumari of Bhaktapur, one of several living goddesses
near Kathmandu in Nepal, and took the young girl with her to the U.
They went on to make beautifully tinted gum-bichromate prints of Roman emperors' busts, head shots of living goddesses
(Jacqueline Schnabel as Sappho) and crotch shots of ancient statuary.