Tareque Masud’s The Clay Bird is set in East Pakistan of the late 1960s as the region began to experience the violent political upheaval that resulted in the rise of an independent Bangladesh. The film focuses on a rural family’s turmoil and heartache due to the strains of Islamic fundamentalism.
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Need to revisit it again sometime. First impressions: very ably made, though it seems neither lyrical nor confrontational (two approaches that would perhaps make it cathartic). Perhaps watching it with sleep-heavy eyes has something to do with this. Lovely songs though, the way they are interweaved into the narrative.
Was looking why Bengali in the Indian subcontinent switched to Islam. My guess was that Islam found a welcoming ear to lower caste Hindus , and the movie affirms that. There is however no romantic depiction of Islam in this movie.