Bangladesh 2020, 102 min Director Amitabh Reza Chowdhury
In this Bangladeshi drama, feisty young painter Naima (a riveting Novera Rahman) sets out on a quest to save her ailing father. Her artistic gift has blossomed with his encouragement but hasn’t yet proven financially rewarding. Naima’s mother dashes such childish dreams, which sends the frustrated teen off to the big city, determined to earn money for the family’s survival. And she does, by disguising herself as a boy to get a job as a rickshaw driver. Still, Naima’s creative drive has her sneaking every opportunity to paint, and as her vivid artwork comes to life in beautifully animated form, there is hope that her emergence as an artist will be her true salvation. Based on the acclaimed and beloved young adult novel by Mitali Perkins, Rickshaw Girl is a magical ride. –Carol Harada
In English and Bengali with English subtitles
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
We will be joined in person by Amitabh Reza Chowdhury, Director, Eric J. Adams, Producer, and Mitali Perkins, Author, Rickshaw Girl, for an onstage conversation.
Sponsored by JIM BOYCE TRUST and KRIS OTIS