Bangla Surf Girls

JEU12
Sélection officielle

Elizabeth D. Costa
Documentaire, Canada, 2021, 86 mn

Synopsis

Shobe, Aisha et Suma, jeunes filles de Cox’s Bazar dans le sud-est du Bangladesh, s’échappent d’une vie déjà tracée en rejoignant un club de surf. La pression familiale est pesante et omniprésente. C’est une lutte de chaque jour pour simplement réussir à passer quelques heures dans les vagues. Peu à peu, néanmoins, elles prennent confiance, tiennent bon, s’émancipent, et sont bientôt sur le point d’entrer dans l’histoire en devenant les premières surfeuses du Bangladesh. Leur rêve de liberté tiendra-t-il ses promesses ? Depuis sa sortie, le premier film documentaire d’Elizabeth D. Costa a été récompensé dans le monde entier à de multiples reprises.

Shobe, Aisha and Suma break away from the drudgery of their lives by joining a surf club in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The girls fight family pressure and social judgement, for a few hours on the waves each day and gain confidence as their natural skill and prowess gains attention and praise. Soon they are poised to make history as Bangladesh’s first women surfers. However, the fate of the club itself hangs on the leadership of the coach who has his own challenges The odds are stacked against them but the girls refuse to give up. Balancing the freedom of the waves with the restrictive realities of their circumstances, we experience the thrill and struggle of coming-of-age in a developing country.

Surfeuses

Shobe Meheraz, Suma Akhter, Ayesha Aktar

 

Bangla Surf Girls
Shobe is tired but happy after a few hours of surfing. Photo Credit: Saikat Mojumder
Bangla Surf girls
Eight girls become the first group of girls to join surfing in Bangladesh. Photo credit: Saikat Mojumder

 

Bangla Surf girls
The girls spend many hours having fun- enjoying a childhood that was denied to them. Photo Credit: Venessa Rude

 

Bangla Surf girls
Seeing confident girls holding surf boards is quite unusual in Cox’s Bazar Bangladesh. Photo credit: Saikat Mojumder