Rabeya (2008 film)

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A excerpt from the film
Directed byTanvir Mokammel
Written byTanvir Mokammel
Story byTanvir Mokammel
Based onBangladesh Liberation War
Produced byKino-Eye Films
CinematographyAnwar Hossain
Edited byMahadeb Shi
Music bySyed Shabab Ali Arzoo
Kino-Eye Films
Distributed byKino-Eye Films
Release date
  • 2008 (2008)
Running time
103 mins

Rabeya (Bengali: রাবেয়া), also known by its English title, The Sister, is a 2008 Bangladeshi Bengali-language war film written and directed by Tanvir Mokammel, with permit from the Government of Bangladesh. The film is set during the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971, and stars Aly Zaker, Bonna Mirza,[1] Jyotika Jyoti, and Tauquir Ahmed in lead roles. According to Mokammel, Rabeya is a "deconstruction" of the Sophocles play, Antigone, and was premiered on December 6, 2008.[2]

The film was shot in Khulna and Bagerhat, and was screened at the Singapore International Film Festival and in Copenhagen.[3] It was also broadcast on television in ATN Bangla on December 13, 2008.[4]


Two orphaned sisters, Rabeya (Bonna Mirza) and Rokeya (Jyotika Jyoti), live with their uncle, Emdad Kazi (Aly Zaker), who is a conservative Muslim League leader supporting the Pakistan Army, in the village of Ibrahimpur located by the Rupsa River in the Ganges Delta, where a Pakistani army captain stationed a military base. Emdad wants one of his nieces, Rabeya, to be married to his son, Tariqul. Kazi's nephew, Khaled, joins the Mukti Bahini to fight for Bangladesh's independence, but was shot dead by the Pakistan Army during a battle, and was let alone unburied by the river, and no one was allowed to be near the corpse. The Pakistan Army warned to not bury any guerrilla fighter, branded as an 'Indian agent' or 'traitor', and anyone doing so will be executed. Rabeya attempted to bury her brother, but while doing so, she runs away from the spot after almost being noticed by the razakars. Later, she tries to bury her brother again, but was caught and later spared. Rabeya was later taken to her uncle, who told her that burying someone is not a duty of a woman. One night, she goes alone and attempts to continue burying her brother, but was caught by the Pakistan Army and was shot dead. The Bengali guerrilla fighters declare Rabeya as a martyr, and inspire the poor peasants to stand against the army for an independent Bangladesh.[5][6]



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  2. ^ "A deconstruction of Antigone, set in 1971". The Daily Star. 6 December 2008. Retrieved 31 October 2021.
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  6. ^ "Tanvir Mokammel films screening at Kolkata". Dhaka Tribune. 22 July 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2021.
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