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  • Japan Premiere


Bulbul Can Sing

Director: Rima DAS

2018|India|95min|Language: Assamese|Subtitles: English, Japanese

Date Time Venue Guest
3/10 (Sun) 16:00 *Sold Out Cine Libre Umeda 4    
3/15 (Fri) 16:00 ABC Hall
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Arnali DAS
Manoranjan DAS
Manabendra DAS
Pakija BEGUM
Bulbul is a young woman who lives in a village in India’s Assam state. She has two best friends, Bonny and Sumu, and they are coming of age and finding their own identities but who they want to be and what their community expect them to be are two different things as they find themselves at odds with the social mores and moral codes of their village. Clashes emerge as Bulbul finds herself experiencing the first glimmers of attraction for a guy, Sumu is bullied for not acting like a traditional man and Bonny finds the pressures of the community become unbearable. As fear and doubt assail the three friends, Bulbul must find her own voice and sing.
Director’s Message/Statement
I already planned internally that I must make a trilogy. In fact, looking back now, it is all falling together. Dhunnu, the child protagonist in Village Rockstars and her boy band narrated to us the journey of children, their innocence, dreams and abilities. With Bulbul Can Sing, I explore teenage. I met our protagonist Bulbul while shooting Village Rockstars and was able to connect this internal journey about the trilogy, to explore teenage feelings and thoughts, researched by interacting with the village teenagers, issues they face in school and surroundings and their life in general. First love, the experience of it, outcome – be it positive or negative and how it impacts one’s journey of life, came across to me as a story worth telling.