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Bangla Surf Girls | New York Int'l Children's Film Festival
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Bangla Surf Girls

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Bangladesh, Canada
Documentary, Elizabeth D Costa; 2021, 92 min.
Recommended ages: 12+
In Bengali, with English subtitles
In the water, Bangladeshi teens Suma, Ayesha and Shobe are mighty, riding ocean waves with a fluidity, ease and mastery. On land, their lives are more tethered–due to lack of resources, patriarchal limitations, and generational divides.  Bangla Surf Girls is a beautifully observational coming-of-age documentary about these three teenage girls and how they get a rare sense of agency over their lives when they join a surf club. Over the course of three years, we follow them as they fight insurmountable odds to pursue their dreams.