The Sister (Rabeya)
Length : 105 minutes
Format : 35 mm.
Cast : Aly Zaker, Bannya Mirza, Tauquir Ahmed, Arman Parvez Murad,
Jyotika Jyoti, Gitasri Chowdhury, Keramot Mawla, Abdul Aziz, Masum Aziz, Aminul Haque, Saidul Islam Babu, Uttam Guha, Abul Hayat, Chitralekha Guha,
Rana Masud, Bhaswar Bandyopadhya, Iqbal Ahmed, S. M. Humayun, Mahmood Hossain
Presented by : Iftekharul Alam
Cinematography : Anwar Hossain
Editing : Mahadeb Shi
Art direction : Uttam Guha
Dress : Chitralekha Guha
Music: Syed Shabab Ali Arzoo
Script & Direction : Tanvir Mokammel
The film is a deconstruction of Sophocles’s play “Antigone” placed on the backdrop of the war between Bangladesh and Pakistan in 1971.
During Bangladesh’s liberation war against Pakistan in 1971, in a remote village Rabeya and Rokeya, two orphan young sisters lived in the religiously conservative household of their uncle Emdad Kazi, a rich kulak and a local Muslim League leader. During the war, for his political ambition, Emdad Kazi collaborated with the marauding Pakistan army. Khaled, the only brother of the two sisters, joined the Bengalee resistance guerillas to fight against the Pakistan army. During a guerilla operation Khaled was killed in a skirmish. The Pakistani captain ordered that the dead body of this young guerilla should not be buried. It had to be kept on the embankment beside the river as a display to scare off the villagers so that nobody dared to oppose the army anymore. Nobody dared to bury Khaled’s dead body. One night Rabeya, the sister, secretly proceeded to bury her brother. Rabeya was shot and killed. The villagers rose up. The Bengalee guerillas won the final battle and declared Rabeya as a martyr.