Meet the Filmmaker: Rubaiyat Hossain, Writer & Director of 'Under Construction' | SIFF TV

Rubaiyat Hossain is a writer and director and one of a handful of female filmmakers from Bangladesh. Her second feature film, Under Construction, had its world premiere at the 2015 Seattle International Film Festival.

Under Construction is the story of a middle-class Muslim woman named Roya (Shahana Goswami), living in Dhaka. A theater actor, Roya is attempting to re-interpret a famous play, The Red Oleanders, after performing it for many years. Written in 1924 by the legendary writer and poet Rabindranath Tagore, the play is a critique of modernity and industrialization.

“In Bangladesh, I feel very alone,” reflects Hossain about being one of very small number of female filmmakers in the country. “Being a woman and directing a film, everybody is going to question you. ‘What do you know about filmmaking? Have you gone to a film school?’ or ‘You wrote this?’” says Hossain, based on her own personal experiences.

Despite the bias, Hossain has high hopes for her film industry as it matures. [Read More at]

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