THE CLAY BIRD
Set against the backdrop of the turbulent period in the late 60s leading up to Bangladesh?s independence from Pakistan, The Clay Bird tells the story of a family torn apart by religion and war.Updated: Jul 20, 2003 18:34 IST
THE CLAY BIRD
Original Title:Matir Moina
Bangladesh / France, 2002
Director: Tareque Masud
Set against the backdrop of the turbulent period in the late 60s leading up to Bangladesh’s independence from Pakistan, The Clay Bird tells the story of a family torn apart by religion and war. A young boy, Anu, is sent off to a strict Islamic school, or madrasa by his deeply religious father, Kazi.
As the political divisions in the country intensify, an increasing split develops between moderate and extremist forces within the madrasa, mirroring a growing divide between the stubborn but confused Kazi and his increasingly independent wife.
Touching upon themes of religious tolerance, cultural diversity and the complexity of Islam, The Clay Bird has universal relevance in a strife-ridden world.
Production: MK2 / Audiovision / 35mm / colour/ 98 mins
Nurul Islam Bablu, Russell Farazi, Kazi Jayanto Chattopadhyay, Ayesha Rokeya Prachy
Born in Bengal in 1957, Tareque Masud received a degree in History at the University of Dhaka in 1981. From 1977 to 1982, he was involved in making socially committed films and experimental shorts. Co-founder of an alternative filmmakers forum, he became the centre of new cinema in Bangladesh.
In 1988, he coordinated the International Short Film Festival of Dhaka before moving to New York where he and his wife Catherine directed a documentary on the liberation of his country. In 1995 he moved back to Dhaka where he now continues his filmmaking career.
First Published: Jul 17, 2003 16:16 IST