CAST: Azmeri Haque Badhon (Rehana), Afia Jahin Jaima (Emu), Afia Tabassum Borno (Annie), Kazi Sami Hassan (Arefin), Saberi Alam, Zopari (Lue), Farzana Bithi, Zahed Chowdhury Mithu, Khushiara Khushbu Oni, Yasir Al Haq | SCREENPLAY AND EDITING: Abdullah Mohammad Saad | CINEMATOGRAPHY: Tuhin Tamijul | SOUND: Nikola Medic, Sayba Talukder | PRODUCTION DESIGN: Ali Afjal Uzzal | PRODUCTION: Jeremy Chua for Pōtocol, Metro Video, with Rajib Mohajan, Sydul Haque Khandaker, Adnan Habib
Drama – Bangladesh / Singapore / Qatar – 2021
Rehana, an assistant professor at a medical college, struggles to keep the harmony between work and family, as she has to play all the complex roles of a teacher, doctor, sister, daughter, and mother. One evening, she witnesses a student storming out of a professor’s office, crying. Deeply impacted by this event, Rehana’s life starts to spiral out of control. She gradually descends into obsession, seeking retribution, just as she receives a complaint from the school about her six-year-old daughter’s unusual behaviour… Rehana refuses to accept the madness of the patriarchal society she lives in and will put everything at stake, in order to find justice for her student and her daughter.
I’ve witnessed and experienced my fair share of unacceptable incidents in my life, and I have always tended to look away. Because I don’t want more trouble; because I believe I already have enough of those. So, I accept whatever life throws at me and move on. My secret key to being able to live in this world is: “Let’s move on.”Maybe the reason behind my obsession with Rehana is that, unlike me, she cannot move on because she cannot accept. She has this need to react and pursue. As I started writing about her, I tried to delve deeper, and soon I began to wonder: is Rehana really a righteous person or is she just processing her own trauma? Is she a humanitarian or a hypocrite? A moralist or an egoist? I think I came to realise that our attempt to understand human nature and find answers only ends up raising more questions. Although the investigation is necessary, I find it very tragic. Perhaps, I intend to share the sadness.