Kingdom of Clay Subjects

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Bangladesh | 2016 | 88 minutes | Bijon

Set in rural Bangladesh, this humane look at the traditions of Indian subcontinent (Bangladeshi) society is shown from the point of view of 10-year-old Jamal, who is struggling to understand the ways that caste and gender affect the strong women in his life.

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At some point, all children lose their innocence. For 10-year-old Jamal and his best friend Lokkhi, that time has come. In a small rural village in Bangladesh, traditions rule daily life. Lokkhi, the youngest of three daughters, has been promised to a local landowner's grandson, but her parents, poor farmers, are unable to pay the dowry and have been given two months to fulfill their end of the deal. Otherwise, Lokkhi will be returned to them in shame. Jamal, a bike-shop attendant who dreams of nothing more than to attend school, can do nothing as he watches his best friend heartlessly married off. Through trials and tribulations, the two struggle to understand that one's caste and gender dictates one's position in life. With a child's-eye view of events reminiscent of Satyajit Ray's Pather Panchali, this is a tale told with humor, visual flair, and a canny sense of narrative. Director Bijon shows real empathy for both the children's sadness and their ingenious pluck in the face of life's obstacles.

Director Biography
Bijon is the first Bangladeshi Film Production/Directing MFA- graduate from the prestigious Film, Television, and Theatre Department of UCLA. Kingdom of Clay Subjects is his first feature film.

  • Original Language Title: Matir Projar Deshe
  • Director: Bijon
  • Principal Cast: Mahmudur Anindo, Sheuly Aktar, Chinmoyee Gupta, Monir Ahmed Shakeel, Rokeya Prachy
  • Premiere Status: World Premiere
  • Country: Bangladesh, USA
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 88 minutes
  • Producer: Arifur Rahman
  • Screenplay: Bijon
  • Cinematographers: Ramshreyas Rao, Andrew Wesman
  • Editors: Luke Slendebroek
  • Music: Bruce Driscoll
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Bengali
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP