Asian Film Awards

Director: Rima Das
Year: 2018
Duration: 95′
Language: VOSE
Genre : Drama

Bulbul is a young girl who lives in a village in India’s Assam state. When she and her two best friends, Bonny and Sumu, begin to define their own identities, they realise that who they want to be and what their community expects them to be are two different things, and 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. The film was presented at the Toronto International Film Festival 2018, New York Indian Film Festival 2019 and the Asian Film Awards 2019. It won the Golden Gateway award at the Jio MAMI Film Festival 2018, Best Performance award at the Singapore International Film Festival 2018, an Special Mention at the Berlin International Film Festival 2019, Best Director at the Dublin International Film Festival 2019, Jury Special Mention at the Osaka Asian Film Festival 2019, and the Best Film, Best Actor (Female and Male), Best Cinematography and Global Icon Award at the Prag Cine Awards 2019.

Rima Das is a self-taught Indian filmmaker born and raised in a small village in Assam. She is best known for her film, “Village Rockstars” (2017) which won several national and international awards. She is the head of Flying River Films production house, which is committed to local and independent filmmakers in the region. “Bulbul Can Sing” is her latest film.


Saturday 9th November