Bangladesh, 2015, 88′
The film is about a modern Muslim woman struggling to find herself in the sprawl of urban Bangladesh, where theatre-actress Roya reconstructs Rabindranath Tagore’s play ‘Red Oleanders’ for modern times, reclaiming her agency in the process.
One of Bangladesh’s handful of female filmmakers, known for her critically acclaimed debut feature film Meherjaan (2011) which faced political and cultural wrath in Bangladesh for its anti war narrative, and its critic of masculine nationalism from a feminine point of view. The film was stripped down from theaters across Bangladesh only one week after its release, and is still prohibited from being screened. Rubaiyat has completed her B.A. in Women Studies from Smith College, USA and M.A. in South Asian Studies from University of Pennsylvania. Currently she lives between Dhaka and New York making films and attending Tisch School of Arts at New York University in Cinema Studies.
Zlatna vrata Cinematheque, Sunday 11/9, 21:00