ABOUT MATIR MOINA
ABOUT TAREQUE & CATHERINE MASUD
ARTICLE & REVIEWS
2002 Cannes Film Festival, FIPRESCI International
Critics' Prize for Best Film
2002 Edinburgh International Film Festival
2002 Montreal International Film Festival
2002 Marrakech Film Festival (Morocco), Best Screen Play Award
2002 Cairo International Film Festival
2003 Palm Springs International Film Festival
2003 New Directors/New Films Festival
2003 Karafilm Festival, Best Film
Comments from the International Press/
"This accomplished, emotionally involving film-an intimately observed story of divisions within a family that reflect the wider clash between moderate and extremist views-will have universal resonance as it echoes other secular and political conflicts throughout the world." David Rooney - Variety
"Easily one of the finest pictures of this year or any other. Masud's expansive fluidity is rapturous, inspired equally by the floating equanimity of Satyajit Ray and the work of the Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami."- Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times
"A hymn to tolerance, against all religious and political dogmatisms, this autobiographical first film, presented at the opening of the Directors' Fortnight, is a symphony of color and music. A must see." - Agence France Presse
"The plot is timely, as critics around the world
denounce madrasas as the breeding grounds for Afghanistan's hardline Taliban
regime and Pakistani extremists."
filmmaking … a valuable and independent engagement with Muslim history,
a nuanced riposte to both religious dogmatism and Western Islamophobia.
It is one of the films of the year." Peter
Bradshaw -The Guardian (UK)
Set against the backdrop of the turbulent period in the late 60's leading up to Bangladesh's independence from Pakistan, MATIR MOINA MOINA (The Clay Bird) tells the story of a family torn apart by religion and war. A young boy, Anu, is sent off to a strict Islamic school, or madrasa, by his deeply religious father Kazi.
As the political divisions
in the country intensify, an increasing split develops between moderate
and extremist forces within the madrasa, mirroring a growing divide between
the stubborn but confused Kazi and his increasingly independent wife.
Touching upon themes of religious tolerance, cultural diversity, and the
complexity of Islam, MATIR MOINA has universal relevance in a crisis-ridden
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