Opening Film Spotlight: Rickshaw Girl (Nov. 4)

  • 118 mins

Date: November 4, 2021 (Thursday)
Time: 6:00 pm (PST)

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In this program

Rickshaw Girl

Directed by Amitabh Reza Chowdhury

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 solution to her problems. Based on the acclaimed novel by Mitali Perkins.

My Name (RYN)

Directed by Anand Pavamani

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