The story of the film centers around the youth Ruhul, who lives with his family in a small hut next to the runway of the international airport. His mother Rahima struggles to support the ...
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Twelve people are passengers on board.The boatmen are taking them to safety, far away from the fierce clutches of war. All the people on board are devastated by the horrors of war. As the story advances, different events unravel.
It's a story of boat journey of Bangladesh in 1971 of helpless people was going towards the safe border.Pakistan military had unleashed genocide in the country. Heroic sons of the soil started a war of liberation.
Bilkis Banu, lost her husband Hasan on the bloody night of 25th March 1971. She tries to forget him and concentrate on the urban guerrilla movements of Dhaka with Altaf Mahmud, Shahadat, ... See full summary »
A woman breaks with traditional Muslim culture by living with her boyfriend before getting married, but when the relationship ends, she must face the harsh consequences of being an outcast in her community.
Mostofa Sarwar Farooki
Nusrat Imrose Tisha,
Rashed Uddin Ahmed Topu
The second movie directed by Humayun Ahmed. A village drama interweave around a charming girl, a folk singer, his love interest and the local aristocratic family's involvement, the movie provide with some beautiful songs.
Just as Moses was found in the river Nile, an infant is rescued from a river, and adopted by Miraj, Karim and Sajib in turns over the years, only to be abandoned at the various stages of ... See full summary »
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... See full summary »
Mostofa Sarwar Farooki
Shahir Kazi Huda,
Nusrat Imrose Tisha
The story of the film centers around the youth Ruhul, who lives with his family in a small hut next to the runway of the international airport. His mother Rahima struggles to support the family by selling milk from a cow bought with a micro credit loan. His sister Fatima works long hours in a garments factory. There's been no word from their father for over a month, since he left for a job in the Middle East. A Madras dropout, Ruhul spends his days wandering under the shadow of the planes, aimless and frustrated in his futile efforts to find work. One day at a cyber-cafe; he meets Arif, a computer savvy young man who exudes confidence and a sense of purpose. The world Arif introduces him to seems inspiring and new, but eventually Ruhul's life spirals into a nefarious netherworld of intolerance, violence and ultimately, death...Written by
Yes, I'm being overly simplistic here but Tareque Masud's Bangladeshi film gives us a highly tangible, fictional account of how a fairly routine family background scenario spawns, in a young man, a move from poor family and unemployment into being sucked up and into a fundamentalist group, whose word is spread by violence.
As a white westerner, it's all too easy to suppose how some young men get caught up in such and that is why as a Bangladeshi himself, the director paints a wholly credible and engaging story about his country- folk. He doesn't take sides, the story does the talking, though the metaphors and symbols are all there.
Looking at some of the gorgeous landscapes, where cows graze under setting suns, it is in fact only western technologies and influentials that mar it, more and more. From the jets screaming overhead, to the internet cafe, where our young man finds his new spiritual 'guide' - "There's Islamic stuff on the internet?" he asks, when he is shown a military training exercise on the PC screen and then says "I thought there was only naked women".
When I watch a world cinema movie, especially a rarer one (this was shown very late by those great mavericks - Channel 4), I loosely make a mental note on how many western words have infiltrated the dialogue. These are often sentences. It is chilling and really rather repugnant that towards the end of this film, the western words used here include 'bomb, detonation, terrorism, preliminary search, electrical device' and so on.
An introduction before the film (by I don't know who, a woman, not the director, who died aged 54 last year) talks briefly about the casting and making of the film, how all the cast are non-professional. This cast are uniformly very good and the film overall feels well made, particularly well shot and put together. I couldn't find any DVDs of it on Amazon, which ultimately means that it'll stay in its largely unseen and unknown slot.
I don't think that Marsud tries to or makes any over-spectacular statements, at least politically, though I (of course) could be wrong. To fit a story into 90 minutes there's always going to be contrivances sown in and in some ways, I was almost wanting to say that this story is far too simplistic, or contrived, or whatever. Because I cannot actually say such and whilst far from my own world and daily life, the film certainly has to be admired and highly commended.
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