Humaira Bilkis has a problem: after a pilgrimage to Mecca, her mother, who was previously an emancipated poet, has now become devout. The filmmaker has to fight to get her to accept the camera, since her religion forbids images, while hiding her relationship with a Hindu man from Calcutta. Her film “Things I Could Never Tell My Mother” plays out like a closed-door documentary, spot-on and moving.
About the director:
Humaira Bilkis. Dhaka-based independent filmmaker and producer. Her early forays into filmmaking are informed by a critical reading of media, culture, gender, and development issues – arising from her academic background in Mass Communication and Journalism. She graduated from the Creative Documentary program at Sri Aurobindo Center for Arts and Communication in New Delhi. As an associate producer and director, she has worked on a wide range of projects, including with the Oscar-winning filmmaker Sharmin Obaid.