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The Clay Bird (2002)

Matir Moina (original title)
A family must come to grips with its culture, its faith, and the brutal political changes entering its small-town world.


Tareque Masud


Catherine Masud (screenplay), Tareque Masud (dialogue) | 2 more credits »
5 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Nurul Islam Bablu Nurul Islam Bablu ... Anu
Russell Farazi Russell Farazi ... Rokon
Jayanto Chattopadhyay Jayanto Chattopadhyay ... Kazi
Rokeya Prachy ... Ayesha
Soaeb Islam Soaeb Islam ... Milon
Lameesa R. Reemjheem Lameesa R. Reemjheem ... Asma
Moin Ahmed Moin Ahmed ... Ibrahim
Md. Moslemuddin Md. Moslemuddin ... Bakiullah Headmaster
Abdul Karim Abdul Karim ... Halim Mia
Shah Alam Dewan Shah Alam Dewan ... Karim Boatman
Golam Mahmud Golam Mahmud ... Shaheen
Pradip Mittra Mithun Pradip Mittra Mithun ... Uttam
Auyon Chowdhury Auyon Chowdhury ... 3rd Friend
Masud Ali Khan ... Khan Bahadur
Manjila Begum Manjila Begum ... Female Singer- Night Concert


A family must come to grips with its culture, its faith, and the brutal political changes entering its small-town world.

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While the film was not nominated for an Oscar, it was Bangladesh's first film ever to be submitted to the Academy Awards for consideration to compete in the Best Foreign Language Film category. See more »


In many parts of this movie different character used English word in their dialogue. But it became a trend after 20th century. See more »


Ibrahim: What the Head Teacher said about elem and amal may be misleading to some of the students... . You see, Islam didn't spread in this country through the sword. It was only the selfless and swordless sufis and darvishes who went door to door to spread Islam's message of peace and equality among the poor and low caste Hindus. The lords and kings from Iran and Arabia conquered the land, but not the hearts of the people. It was the half naked fakirs who won their hearts. Only then the people embraced...
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Referenced in Fera (2012) See more »


Pakhita Bondi Aachhe
Written by A. T. Masud
Performed by Momtaz
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A Beautifully Haunting Film
23 May 2004 | by lckt13See all my reviews

I don't know why the person from Newcastle UK had a problem in following this wonderful storyline and characters of which there were but a few. Perhaps it was too engaging and not of the Monty Python genre!

I found the film beautifully directed, filmed, and acted. the history of this forsaken country is well known with tribal and governmental conflicts over many centuries. the depiction of the religious conflicts and family matters was masterfully rendered.

the zealotry of the father eventually destroyed everything worthwhile in his life - daughter, son, wife and brother. one could see the demise progress throughout the film. a lesson worth remembering which i believe was the focus and intent of the makers of the film.

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2002 (Bangladesh) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Dhamrai, Dhaka, Bangladesh See more »


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$300,000 (estimated)

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