The first-ever film from Bangladesh in the Cannes official selection, Rehana Maryam Noor has received a standing ovation at the festival and attention from all over the world. It is a powerful film with a feminist message that takes its title from its protagonist, a young widowed doctor with a young daughter, her parents, and a jobless brother. She takes on a male colleague, Dr. Arefin (Kazi Sami Hasan), in a case of sexual misconduct, stirring a hornet’s nest in the process.
The film has been reviewed and appreciated all over the world.
Rehana Maryam Noor Review: Saad’s chiselled screenplay, Tuhin Tajimul’s restless handheld camera, the muted colour palette and a deeply affecting central performance from Azmeri Haque Badhon combine to lend the film an unsettling emotional force.- NDTV, India.
The second feature from writer-director Abdullah Mohammad Saad (Live from Dhaka) is not only a chilling portrait of the psyche of an unbalanced woman, played with extraordinary intensity by newcomer Azmeri Haque Badhon. It is equally a bow of admiration to a woman who sticks to her guns and refuses to look the other way, like everyone else, in a messy case of sexual assault. Her bulldog tenacity makes her both a heroine and an object of pity, making her difficult for feminists to champion, but even more uncomfortable for the apologists of abuse.- The Hollywood Reporter
From Team Womenchapter, we extend the heartiest congratulations to the team of “Rehana Maryam Noor”. Given that the Womenchapter was founded in Bangladesh, it makes us immensely proud to see such a powerful film being produced in Bangladesh. Well done!