Sunset in Bangladesh

The Story

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. They 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. 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.

Fate had something in store for these girls.

They had other ideas.

Shobe walking with surf board

Shobe / The Fighter

Shobe Mehraz is happy only while she is surfing and feels depressed at home. She dreams of flying in an airplane to go to international championships and be famous on TV.
Suma playing in the water - Surf Girl

SUMA / THE PROVIDER

Suma has been responsible for her family’s income since she was 7. She has to take care of her sick mother and feed her siblings.
Ayesha Surf Girl

AYESHA / THE SURVIVOR

Ayesha is a born leader. She is smart and sassy. Her father is abusive and believes that all girls who surf are ‘sluts’. Ayesha’s dream job is to work as a life guard on the beach.

FESTIVAL RECOGNITION

Select Screening: Hot Docs April 2021
Winner: Accolade Award, April 2021
Select Screening: Newport Film Festival, Rhode Island, USA May 2021
Select Screening: European Film Festival In Asia, Bangladesh, June 2021

Winner: Best Feature, OFFA(Oakville Festival of the Arts) July 2021

Winner: Women in Surf award, Portuguese Film Festival, Ericeira, Portugal July 2021

Select Screening: New Hope Film Festival. Pennsylvania, USA, July 2021

Winner: Best Surf documentary, Paris Surf & Skateboard Film Festival, September 2021

Select Screening: Lunenberg Doc Festival, Lunenberg Nova Scotia, September 2021

Select Screening: ZLIN Children’s Film Festival, Czech Republic, September 2021

Select Screening: Human Rights Film Festival Berlin, September 2021

Winner:Best Feature Documentary, Bushwick Film Festival, Brooklyn New York, October 2021

Select Screening: OutDocs, Guangzou China October 2021

Winner: Best Film, Best Director: Vancouver Asian Film Festival, November 2021

Select Screening: Children’s Film Festival, Paris, November, 2021 

Winner: Audience Award- “What If? Women In Film Festival” (WIFF), Zurich November 2021

Winner: Best Documentary, Fearless Filmmaker, Coronado Island Film Festival, California November 2021 

Select Screening: Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival, Colorado, November 2021

Select Screening: WATCH DOCS, Belarus, December 2021

Select Screening: DocPoint Documentary Film Festival Helsinki, January 2022

Select Screening: WOW film festival, Wales March 2022 

Select Screening: Belleville Downtown Film Festival, March 2022

After receiving spontaneous requests from audiences members who are moved by the
fearless determination of Shobe, Suma and Ayesha and wish to help them reach their goals, the producers of Bangla Surf Girls have partnered with a local a local NGO — The Jaago Foundation who have set up a special initiative to support their goals. 
 

If you are inspired by their story and wish to support, please find out how to donate below.

“The movie is beautiful to look at, with atmospheric shots of the sea and gorgeous sunsets and the backdrop for the girls as they glide along.  But it is also packed with powerful emotion.”
Susan Cole, POV Magazine April 29, 2021

“Its a very memorable coming of age story.”
Aisha Jamal, Hot Docs Programmer picks 2021

“Moving, uplifting and tons of fun with stunning photography”
desinews.com

“Bangla Surf Girls: First Poster and Trailer for Hot Docs Pick”
Point of View Magazine

“Women directors account for nearly half of 2021 online Hot Docs line-up”
ReelScreen

“With gorgeous cinematography and candid conversations, Bangla Surf Girls melts your heart with the passion these girls feel for the sport.”
— Viewfromthedark.ca

“The documentary highlights raw emotions, family dynamics, and the complex pressures of poverty”
— WomenandHollywood

“Bangla Surf Girls is a story of resistance that offers visibility, generates empathy and inspires to look for that wave that makes a difference.”
— Laestatuilla.com

“Bangla Surf Girls manages to offer slices of hope to each amongst the bleakness.”
That Shelf

 

“The third day of the Portuguese Surf Film Festival brought films that thrilled the audience and whose stories managed to offer an insight into different realities of surfing in other parts of the globe. The movie Bangla Surf Girls left many tears in their eyes for those who came to Santa Marta Park in Ericeira. A narrative that left everyone with their eyes glued to the screen. And whose characters made us reflect on gender equality and opportunities.”
— Ericeira, Portugal

If you want to book a screening of Bangla Surf Girls, contact us today!