The Clay Bird

2002, Movie, NR, 94 mins

After a series of short films, Bangladeshi director Tareque Masud's handsome, music-filled debut feature is also a milestone for his country's cinema: It's the first Bangladeshi film to receive a wide international release. While not exactly autobiographical, Masud's script is based on incidents from his own youth. Like his young hero, Anu (Nurul Islam Bablu), much of Masud's boyhood was also spent at a madrasa, an Islamic religious school usually attended by orphaned boys or the male children of poor families. Anu's authoritarian and deeply religious father, Kazi (Jayanto Chattopadhyay), worries about his son's exposure to non-Islamic influences — mostly introduced ...
Released: 2002 Rated: NR Length: 94 mins

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