Rima Das‘s Bulbul Can Sing is a visceral coming-of-age drama about a young girl living in rural India, fighting her way through love and loss as she figures out who she really is.
Title: Bulbul can Sing
Duration: 95 minutes
Last year Rima Das came to the Festival with Village Rockstars, her delightful drama about a girl with a dream. After its premiere here, it went on to sweep India’s National Film Awards and play dozens of festivals around the world. Das is back with another breath of fresh air, once again shot amidst the timeless beauty of her home village in India’s Assam state. As in the earlier film, Das imbues every frame with insight and respect, and this time there’s a growing exploration of adolescence. Bulbul Can Sing is no simple rural idyll.
Bulbul is an exuberant young woman, most happy when she’s hanging out in the fields with her friends Bonny and Sumu. As these three teenagers, two girls and a boy, begin to define their own identities, they find themselves increasingly clashing with the age-old rules set down by the village. Bulbul is attracted to a boy for the first time, but her mother advises that “Girls should be modest. Girls should behave well.” Sumu is bullied for not conforming to what his peers expect of a young man. For Bonny, the pressures of the community become unbearable…
Direction: Rima Das | Cast: Arnali Das, Manoranjoan Das, Manabendra Das, Bonita Thakuriya, Pakija Begam
Cinematography: Rima Das
Editing: Rima Das
Executive Producer: Rima Das
Producer: Rima Das
Production Company: Flying River Films
Production Designer: Rima Das
Screenplay: Rima Das
Sound: Susmit Bob Nath