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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.

Director:

Tareque Masud

Writers:

Catherine Masud (screenplay), Tareque Masud (dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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

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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Genres:

Drama | History

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

Bangladesh

Language:

Bengali

Release Date:

2002 (Bangladesh) See more »

Also Known As:

The Clay Bird See more »

Filming Locations:

Dhamrai, Dhaka, Bangladesh See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,852
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

It was first banned in Bangladesh See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Crowd: Down with military Dictatorship!
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User Reviews

 
Beautiful insight into family life in '70 Bangladesh
9 September 2002 | by chris_jamiesonSee all my reviews

This was one of my surprise favourites of the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2002. It painted a rich picture of life in Bangladesh during the revolutionary period of the 1970's with all it's highs and lows. It is filmed in a very documentary style (the director is a seasoned documentary film maker) with all the facts carefully shown to allow the viewer to make up their own mind on things. The visuals are very clean and colourful (again very documentary-esque) with beautiful shots of the fantastic Bangladeshi landscape. The music used in the film seems to be traditional (not that I know much about traditional Bangladeshi music!) and is very touching.

What is truly remarkable about this film is the way all it's points are well balanced, not showing anything to be absolutely right nor wrong. It's portrayal of Islam is fascinating and I learned more about the religion than I'd known before.

Another astonishing point I got from the film was it painted such a good picture of humanity, warts and all. I was watching this pictures of a normal family who's lives are supposed to be so much different than mine, different culture, politics, religion, who live on the other side of the world and yet then seemed so natural and so familiar, not that different at all really.

It's a film I will never forget and I truly recommend that anybody who gets the chance to see it should.


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