Film making and activism in Bangladesh: Cinema
as a tool of feminist intervention
Filmmaker and WIFTI Board Member Rubaiyat Hossain will be in conversation with filmmakers Elizabeth d'Costa, director of Bangla Surf Girls, 2021, and Zana Shammi, director of Untying the Know, 2020, on real impact of films on society.
We will discuss the systemic exclusion of women directors, but how in that, the act of filmmaking can become a space for the filmmakers as well as the characters to express themselves.
We will talk about how the films by women directors like Elizabeth d’Costa (Bangla Surf Girls, 2021), and Zana Shammi (Untying the Knot, 2020) create real impact on society by engaging young women surfers and survivors of domestic violence in a conservative Muslim society with a strong patriarchal culture. How can films can be a tool of feminist intervention for women to be seen, heard and create tangible changes in society?