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Feature documentary directed by Elizabeth D. Costa
Written and Produced by Lalita Krishna

Bangla Surf Girls will stream at Hot Docs 2021 from Thursday April 29th - May 8th 2021. Get your tickets.

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.

“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

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