Bulbul Can Sing


The Main 1 Fri, Apr 12, 2019 1:45 PM
The Main 1 Sun, Apr 14, 2019 12:15 PM
Marcus Rochester Cinema Tue, Apr 16, 2019 6:00 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$15.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Programs:Asian Frontiers
Women & Film
Spotlight: Disruption
Tags:Asian Interest
Culture & Society
Women Directors
Women's Rights
Release Year:2018
Runtime:95 min
Festivals & Awards:Mumbai International Film Festival - Golden Gateway: India Gold for Best Feature Film
Singapore International Film Festival - Asian Feature Film: Best Performance
Berlin International Film Festival 2018 - Special Mention Award
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Flying River Films
Director:Rima Das
Producer:Rima Das
Cinematographer:Rima Das
Screenwriter:Rima Das
Editor:Rima Das
Composer:Susmit Bob Nath
Principal Cast:Pakija Begum
Arnali Das
Manoranjan Das
Banita Das
Manabendra Das
Filmography:Village Rockstars (2017)


Set in rural India, Rima Das' latest film, Bulbul Can Sing, picks up where her last film, Village Rockstars (MSPIFF 2018), left off in exploring the stories of young Assamese people with the honest gaze of a filmmaker who grew up in the area. The story follows Bulbul, a teenage girl who, along with her friends Bonny and Sumu, explore sexuality, love, loss and adulthood, all underneath the weight of village expectations, traditions and prejudices. As they discover their changing identities, the three friends are forced to confront society's powerful dogma and choose their own path. Sumu struggles to conform with expectations of beings a man, while Bonny and Bulbul face the suffocating oppression of being young women in a patriarchal world—one that decides how to love and who can sing.

Director Biography

Rima Das

Rima Das returns to MSPIFF after screening her last film Village Rockstars (17), which was India's official entry to the Academy Awards. She has won several accolades during her career, including India's National Award for Best Film and a Prag Cine Award for Best Film.


"[A]n affectionate, insightful, honest look at an ordinary young woman growing up in a male-dominated society" - Hollywood Reporter