For the second event in our programme to mark the 50th anniversary of Bangladeshi independence, join us for a screening of the film ‘Under Construction’ (2015). Produced by leading Bangladeshi female film maker, Rubaiyat Hossain.

The film is a portrait of a young woman whose life is still under construction. Set in the constantly changing city of Dhaka, the film tells the story of Roya, an actress in her early thirties. It has been years since she started playing the same part repeatedly, working for a stage director who now thinks she’s getting too old in spite of her young age. She enters a deep introspection about her life, her art, her own desires, and her place in a patriarchal society.

Rubaiyat Hossain is one of Bangladesh's handful of female filmmakers, and uses a feminist lens in her cinema. Her second feature film ‘Under Construction’ (2015) premiered at New Directors Showcase at Seattle International Film festival and was theatrically released and well received in Bangladesh.

More details on how to watch the film will be available shortly.

A panel discussion event linked to this event will take place on Saturday 17th April at 3pm. More details or to book visit: Panel Discussion: Women’s Identities in Bangladesh and its Diaspora.

These events are part of a series of events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bangladeshi independence, delivered in collaboration with the Dhaka-based Bengal Foundation. It is funded by a grant from the British Council’s Digital Collaboration Fund and hosted through British Council Arts.

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