Bangladesh

Shaheen Dill-Riaz – Lohakhor AKA Ironeaters AKA Eisenfresser (2007)

Chittagong is a seaport in southern Bangladesh that has become the center of a thriving industry in the Third World — breaking up old and obsolete ships and selling the scrap metal, usually to construction firms. Read More »

Abdullah Mohammad Saad – Rehana Maryam Noor (2021)

Synopsis:
 In this stark moral thriller, selected for the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes, an embattled medical scholar fights institutional sexism.
  Bengali widow Rehana Maryam Noor is a busy assistant professor who rules over her medical students and her young daughter with the same cautious eye. When she learns that her supervisor is sexually harassing one of their trainees, she throws herself into a campaign to force the institution to respond. But which will break first: the iron wall that shields abusers or Rehana’s own strict moral code? Read More »

Mostofa Sarwar Farooki – Television (2012)

As a leader of the local community, Chairman Amin bans every kind of image in his water-locked village in rural Bangladesh. He even goes on to claim that imagination is also sinful since it gives one the license to infiltrate into any prohibited territory. But change is a desperate wind that is difficult to resist by shutting the window. The tension between this traditional window and modern wind grows to such an extent that it starts to leave a ripple effect on the lives of a group of typically colorful, eccentric, and emotional people living in that village. But at the very end of the film, Television, which he hated so much, comes to the rescue and helps Chairman Amin reach a transcendental state where he and his God are unified. A new twist to the story makes him embrace IMAGE and IMAGINATION Read More »

Amitabh Reza Chowdhury – Aynabaji AKA Mirror Game (2016)

Plot:
Ayna is an actor and the prison is his stage. He slips into the characters of the powerful convicted in exchange of money and take their place in prison. This strange profession is borne out of a society that doesn’t give him a chance to follow his passion of acting, but forces him to act in the real life. Falling in love with the girl next door changes his life equation and he decides to end this career with one last performance. But this one takes him too deep in the rabbit hole. The story unfolds on how an underdog survives in a society that is merciless and struggles his way out from the clutch of crime game in which he is a part too. Read More »

Rubaiyat Hossain – Made in Bangladesh (2019)

Shimu, 23, works in a clothing factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Faced with difficult conditions at work, she decides to start a union with her co-workers. Despite threats from the management and disapproval of her husband, Shimu is determined to go on. Together the women must fight and find a way. Read More »

Abdullah Mohammad Saad – Live from Dhaka (2016)

In a series of vignettes, a partially handicapped man lives his days in anguish as he tries to find a way to leave Dhaka. Read More »

Morshedul Islam – Amar Bondhu Rashed AKA My Friend Rashed (2011)

Review:
We often hear teenagers these days show less interest in reading; rather, they are always busy with browsing the web, playing virtual games and watching films. Keeping that in mind, adaptation of Liberation War themed stories, novels and other fictional works into films is a way of encouraging the youngsters to get acquainted with the history of the nine month-long brutal war that freed the country.
Filmmaker Morshedul Islam has tried to accomplish that with his latest film “Amar Bondhu Rashed”. Based on a fictional work [for adolescents] by Dr. Mohammad Zafar Iqbal, the film highlights the valour a teenage freedom fighter who embraces martyrdom. Read More »