Under Construction


Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 12:00pm
Thursday, Nov. 12 at 4:45pm
Plaza Frontenac Cinema
Plaza Frontenac Cinema

In “Under Construction,” a modern Muslim woman struggles to find herself in the sprawl of urban Bangladesh. When middle-class actress Roya plays a role in “Red Oleanders,” a famous, politically minded play by Rabindranath Tagore, she reclaims her own identity and sexuality in the process. In essence, Roya finds herself under construction -- traveling alone to pursue her own desires, wishes, and ambitions. Critic Gerald Peary -- a SLIFF guest with “Archie’s Betty” -- writes in the Art Fuse: “We rarely get films from Bangladesh, much less directed by a woman, much less with a secular feminist sensibility. Hossain’s ‘Under Construction’ is all of these. It’s the story of a stage actress in her 30s unhappy in marriage and also with the roles she is assigned to play in the theater. Her private dissatisfactions are set against Bangladesh’s far more dire public ills: exploited factory workers, boiling-over Islamic fundamentalism.”

Bangladesh, 2015, 88 min., Bengali

Directed by

Rubaiyat Hossain

Film Category

Women in Film Spotlight International Spotlight