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Closing Night: UK Premiere: Bangla Surf Girls (15) (LC) + Live virtual ScreenTalk

Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Bangla Surf Girls

Shobe, Aisha, and Suma, three teens from Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, are poised to make history as Bangladesh’s first women surfers in an international competition.

Join us for a virtual ScreenTalk with filmmaker Elizabeth D Costa, producer Lalita Krishna, and Umama Zillur - Researcher and Founder, Kotha. Moderated by Rothna Begum, Senior Women's Rights Researcher, HRW.

Driven to succeed and guided by their devoted coach, the girls find freedom in the waves as surfing becomes their only ticket out of poverty and the way for them to determine their own futures against the backdrop of stifling families and oppressive community judgment.

After their coach makes the decision to leave the club, the financial support for their surfing dries up and the odds of achieving their dreams seem insurmountable. A powerful coming-of-age story and tale of resistance by Bangladeshi filmmaker Elizabeth D Costa, Bangla Surf Girls will have you cheering for every wave and hurdle these young women overcome. 


Canada 2021 Dir Elizabeth D Costa 86 min

In Bengali with English subtitles

LC = Locally classified

Please Note: This film is HOH captioned for the D/deaf and Hard of Hearing.

This film contains one instance of bad language which viewers may find offensive.

At the Festival’s request, this screening has a reduced capacity of 50%.

This film is also available to watch online on the Human Rights Watch Film Festival streaming platform from Thu 17 Mar at 12:01am, to Fri 25 March at 11:59pm. 

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