For teenagers like Shobe, Suma and Ayesha, there is nothing quite like the thrill of catching a big wave. On their surfboards, for a few brief minutes at least, the weight of the world gets pulled away by the undertow. As members of the Bangladesh Surf Girls and Boys Club, the girls have not only found something they are passionate about but also something they are extremely good at. The club serves as a sanctuary from the stresses of their daily lives which, as is evident in Elizabeth D. Costa’s Bangla Surf Girls, are many. Ranging in age from 13 to 15, these girls all have big dreams of a surfing career. Unfortunately, living in the town of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, their goals are met with numerous roadblocks. The biggest being their gender. — Bangla Surf Girls manages to offer slices of hope to each amongst the bleakness. As one would expect, the film is at its most vivid when observing the girls in their element on the water.
Courtney Small, That Shelf
Directed by Elizabeth D. Costa and written and produced by Lalita Krishna, we meet Suma, Shobe and Ayesha, three young girls who live in Cox’s Bazar, a fishing town in Bangladesh with a long beachfront perfect for catching waves. They have all fallen in love with the water and surfing, and are part of a surf club, Bangladesh Surf Girls & Boys Club, run by Rashed, the warm “big brother” who watches over the kids as if they were his own. — With gorgeous cinematography and candid conversations, Bangla Surf Girls melts your heart with the passion these girls feel for the sport.
Carolyn Mauricette, View from the Dark