LIFF: Jalaler Golpo (Jalal's Story)
Bangla with English subtitles | 121 min | Bangladesh 2014 | Dir. Abu Shahed Emon | with: Mohammod Emon, Arafat Rahman, Mosharraf Karim.
This entrancing film follows three chapters in the life of an infant, a child and teen named Jalal. Abandoned as a baby in the river, he is rescued and raised by Miraj. After a series of misfortunes, the villagers consider the baby to be a curse on their village and Miraj has to abandon the baby back in the river. Karim, a landowner, is bringing up Jalal, now nine. Bizarrely, Jalal is considered the cause of Karim’s wife’s infertility and he is cast back into the river. The 19-year-old Jalal now works for a gang leader and aspiring politician Sajib. This time, a different baby is to be thrown into the river, ahead of the upcoming elections, thanks to Sajib’s nefarious antics. Abu Shahed Emon tackles several social issues in Bangladesh including superstition, politically motivated corruption and women’s rights.
This film will screen as part of the 7th Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival (14 - 21st July 2016) www.londonindianfilmfestival.co.uk