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Canadian Spotlight: Bangla Surf Girls (Nov. 5)

  • 105 mins

Date: November 5, 2021 (Friday)
Time: 6:15 pm (PST)

Director’s Q & A: Moderator, Baljit Sangra DOC BC

Community Supporter:



  • Bangla Surf Girls rides a wave of emotions. Susan Cole, POV Magazine
  • “Its a very memorable coming of age story.” — Aisha Jamal, Hot Docs Programmer picks 2021
  • “Moving, uplifting and tons of fun with stunning photography”  —
  • “With gorgeous cinematography and candid conversations, Bangla Surf Girls melts your heart with the passion these girls feel for the sport.” —
  • “The documentary highlights raw emotions, family dynamics, and the complex pressures of poverty”— WomenandHollywood
  • “Bangla Surf Girls is a story of resistance that offers visibility, generates empathy and inspires to look for that wave that makes a difference.”—
  • “Bangla Surf Girls manages to offer slices of hope to each amongst the bleakness.” — That Shelf


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In this program

Bangla Surf Girls

Directed by Elizabeth D Costa

Shobe, Aisha and Suma break away from the drudgery of their lives by joining a surf club in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The girls fight family pressure and social judgement, for a few hours on the waves each day and gain confidence as their natural skill and prowess gains attention and praise. The joy and freedom of the waves are a stark change from the abuse and hardship they face at home. Soon they are poised to make history as Bangladesh’s first women surfers. Balancing the freedom of the waves with the restrictive realities of their circumstances, we experience the thrill and struggle of coming-of-age in a developing country.

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