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by Tareque Masud


Against the troubled political backdrop of the late 60s, Anu, a shy youth from rural eastern Pakistan (now Bangaldesh), is sent by his orthodox muslim father to a Madrasah. Here, Anu struggles to adapt to the harshness of monastic life, far from the warmth of the Hindu festivities of his region. The gulf of misunderstanding which widens between his parents, who have stayed in the village, is a reflection of the growing tensions between moderate and extremist forces within the Madrasah and the political upheavals gripping the country and which finally lead to civil war...

international title: THE CLAY BIRD
original title: MATIR MOINA
country: France, Pakistan, Bangladesh
sales agent: mk2 films
year: 2002
genre: fiction
directed by: Tareque Masud
film run: 94'
release date: FR 17/05/02, UK 04/07/03
screenplay: Tareque Masud, Catherine Masud
cast: Nurul Islam Bablu, Russell Farazi, Jayanto Chattopadhyay, Rokeya Prachy
cinematography by: Sudheer Palsane
film editing: Catherine Masud
art director: Kazi Rakib, Sylvain Nahmias
music: Moushumi Bhowmik
production: mk2 films, Audiovision (BD)
distributor: ICA Cinema (UK)