Daring and determined, teenaged girl Naima longs to earn money for her poor Bangladeshi family, but her unrivaled artistic talent is of little use. When her father grows gravely ill, Naima feels she has no choice but to leave her small village for the bright lights of Dhaka.
In the big city, Naima finds the same economic, societal, and gender pressures faced by most young girls in Bangladesh. She cleverly disguises herself as a boy and takes the difficult job of a rickshaw puller. When her gender is revealed and her livelihood vanishes, Naima finds an unconventional – and transcendental - solution to her problems. Based on the acclaimed novel by Mitali Perkins.
DIRECTOR AMITABH REZA CHOWDHURY
One of Bangladesh’s most acclaimed directors, Amitabh has been directing film, television and commercials in Dhaka and beyond for over 15 years. His most recent feature film, “Anyabaji,” was the recipient of eight international and national film awards. He has won numerous Bangladeshi Critics Awards, including Best Director for his work “Ekti Phon Kora Jabe Please” and “E Somoye,” and Best Screenplay for “Sei Bhoboney in Meril Prothom Alo.”
Amitabh works and lives in his hometown of Dhaka and is founder and president of his own film and production company, Half Stop Down. Leading a team of talented professionals, Amitabh is perhaps the most prolific of Bangladeshi filmmakers.
A graduate of Pune University in Pune, India, Amitabh has also studied film and the American film industry as a guest of the United States government’s International Visitor Leadership Program.