Rima Das’ “Bulbul Can Sing” at the 22nd Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People

Rima Das’ movie “Bulbul Can Sing” has received the Best Feature Fiction Film Award at the 22nd Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Youth.

The International Jury has chosen a film which delivers us both cinematic quality and critical insight in the roles of girls, women and LGBT individuals in a traditional society. We were touched and convinced by director’s sensitivity and skills in presenting these issues.

BULBUL CAN SING  – INDIA – ASSAMESE – SOCIAL DRAMA – COLOR, 95 ‘, 2018. DIRECTION: Rima Das SCREENPLAY: Rima Das MUSIC: Dotora, Kabindra Patowary. CAST: Arnali Das as Bulbul, Banita Thakuriya as Bonnie, Manoranjan Das as Suman, Manabendra Das, Pakija Begam. PRODUCTION: Flying River Films. AWARDS: National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Assamese at India’s 66th National Film Awards.

4 December 2019 at 20:00. Apollo Municipal Theatre of Pyrgos

Assamese filmmaker Rima Das, who won the Award of the Best Feature Film Director for her movie “Village Rockstars” at the 20th International Film Festival of Olympia for Children and Young People, participates with her latest feature film “Bulbul Can Sing at the  22nd Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People, one of the most important film festivals for children and adolescents in the world that begins on Saturday, November 30, 2019, at its main venue, the city of Pyrgos, and spreads to 17 cities in Western Greece and Peloponnese. 

The Plot

Despite failing her father’s hopes for her to become a singer, Bulbul lives blissfully, hanging out in a rural setting in Assam and falling in love for the first time. But after she has endured the loss of a dear friend, she begins to question herself and her love life, and finally learns to sing for herself.

About the Director

Rima Das is a self – taught screenwriter, producer and director who also takes on the roles of cinematographer and editor for her films. Born and raised in a small village in Assam in northeast India, she is now based in Mumbai and Assam. She is the Managing Director of Flying River Films which supports local, independent filmmaking in the region. Best known for making indigenous and realistic films with non – professional actors, her films have been striking a chord with people not just in India but across the globe. “Village rockstars”, Rima’s second feature film premiered at Toronto International Film Festival 2017, then traveled to more than 80 film festivals around the world and received over 50 Awards including the National Film Awards as the Best Feature Film in India 2018 and Oscar entry from India 2019. Her first feature “Man with the binoculars (Antardrishti)” premiered at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2016 and at MAMI Mumbai Film Festival.

Other participants from South Asia

Click on the poster to see the festival‘s program.

The international productions “Inventing tomorrow” by Laura Nix, India, Indonesia, USA, Mexico, 2018, 85′; and “Kabul, city in the wind” by Aboozar Amini, Afganistan, 2018, 88′, as well as the short film, “Ashima” by Dekel Berenson, Nepal, UK, 2018, 16′, are also taking part in the 22nd Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People competing for an award along with 86 more films from 59 countries.