National Award-winning filmmaker, Rima Das’ next Assamese feature film, Bulbul can Sing is set to have its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2018. The third independent feature film by Rima Das, it will be showcased in the Contemporary World Cinema section. The writer-director-producer returns to the prestigious film festival after the globally acclaimed Village Rockstars, which premiered at TIFF last year.
Das said in a statement that it is a huge honour to return to TIFF after Village Rockstars and start the journey of her next feature film, Bulbul Can Sing. ‘It’s like homecoming for me,’ she shared. Bulbul Can Sing is a primitive coming-of-age drama about a teenage girl, Bulbul, living in a village in Assam, fighting her way through love and loss as she figures out her identity.
Village Rockstars won National Awards for best location, sound record, editing and child artiste (Bhanita Das). The movie had an Assamese village girl, named Dhunu, at the centre of the story, who aspires to become a rockstar one day.