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River City Bangkok Film Club – ‘UNDER CONSTRUCTION’ Bangladesh – 15 September 2018


River City Bangkok Film Club – ‘UNDER CONSTRUCTION’ Bangladesh – 15 September 2018

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Directed by Rubaiyat Hossain

1Hr 28 Mins

(With ENGLISH Sub-Titles )



VENUE: RCB FORUM ( 2nd Floor, River City Bangkok )


We are proud to screen a film from Bangladesh, that has won prestigious awards and accolades at numerous festivals around the world. It was also the Opening Film of the Dhaka International Film Festival.

The young director of the film Rubaiyat Hossain, did Women’s Studies in the US and is currently doing Film Studies at the famed Tisch School of Arts in New York. She hops between Bangladesh and the US, and infact has started a film production company in Dhaka, Khona Talkies, to support talented film-makers from her country.

Under Construction is a woman-centric film, where apart from the characters being mostly women, the crew members were also female, as the Director strongly believes in the strength of woman-power.

The film delineates woman-power through the character of Roya, who tries to break out of stereotypes, both in her personal life as a middle-class housewife and in her professional life as a stage actress.

She does not want to be a typical housewife at home, including having a child, which disturbs her otherwise-cool husband. At work, she tries to re-interpret the role of the female protagonist ‘Nandini’, in the famed play Red Oleanders by Nobel Laureate author Rabindranath Tagore, which shocks her stage- director. The only person who seems to understand her, is the US-based theatre curator Imtiaz, and they are strongly drawn to each other.

Two other women characters, including her fiercely independent mother, and her strong-minded maid, make the film more interesting.

There are dream sequences, surreal images, and the film works on a symbolistic level as much as the realistic one. It is a unique and exciting artistic endeavor from Bangladesh. The excellent cast add to the strength and enjoyment of a unique and thought-provoking film, which was screened at more than 30 film festivals around the world, won many prestigious awards, and was internationally released, including at seven cities in France.






The Daily Star: ‘The complexity of the story deserves two thumbs up. the symbolism is striking, and the dialogues are pure gold.’

easternKicks: ‘Under Construction is delicate and dynamic.’ ‘There’s a lot being built in ‘Under Construction’, from the expanding infrastructure of urban Bangladesh, to the transforming identities of its modern women. ‘


The film event is supported by the Embassy of Bangladesh, who will serve drinks and snacks, after the screening, courtesy Eastern Bank Limited.

Ambassador of Bangladesh H.E. Ms Saida Muna Tasneem will introduce the film.


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An RCB Boat-Service will leave Saphan Thaksin Pier, at 3:30 pm.

****A return RCB Boat-Service will leave the RCB Pier, at 7:00 pm (Please contact at concierge counter on the 1st Floor)


When you reserve seats, kindly inform if you would like to avail of the RCB boat-services.


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