Rickshaw Girl, a movie from Bangladesh, wins the Filem'On Kids prize in Brussels
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Bangladeshi film Rickshaw Girl won the Filem’OnKids Award at the 16th International Film Festival for Young Audiences in Brussels.
Directed by Amitabh Reza Chowdhury, the film tells the story of Naima, a talented girl from rural Bangladesh who hopes to beautify the city with her alpana paintings. But when her father falls seriously ill, Naima is forced to take on the role of breadwinner in her family.
The film explores the world of rickshaw art, a popular neo-romantic art form. The film also tells the story of the polarising forces which challenge as well as nurture women's emancipation in Bangladesh through portraying the everyday struggle of a young, aspirational, and independent-minded teenage girl.
While accepting the award on November 5, the Director hoped that the young generation would be inspired by the film, which highlights the message of not giving up, of pursuing one’s dreams and aspirations through determination and hard work. He thanked the organizers for supporting Bangladeshi art and culture.
The 16th edition of this film festival was held from October 26 to November 5. More than 120 films from Europe and beyond were screened at the festival, according to a message received from Bangladesh Embassy in Brussels on Nov 7.
Embassy of Bangladesh in Brussels congratulates Director Amitabh Reza Chowdhury for this great achievement! The Embassy is proud to have been associated with this fascinating journey!