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Things I Could Never Tell My Mother

Written and directed by Humaïra BILKIS 

Documentary • 84 mn • 2022 

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Humaira Bilkis has a problem: after a pilgrimage to Mecca, her mother, who was previously an emancipated poet, has now become devout. The filmmaker has to fight to get her to accept the camera, since her religion forbids images, while hiding her relationship with a Hindu man from Calcutta. Her film plays out like a closed-door documentary, spot-on and moving.

Produced by
Les Films de l’œil sauvage (France)

In coproduction with

Zoo Films (Bangladesh)

Lyon Capitale TV (France)

TVM Est-Parisien (France)

With the support of

CNC - Fonds de Soutien Audiovisuel

Région Sud

Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes


Bangladesh Film Institute

La Scam - Bourse Brouillon d'un rêve

Périphérie, Cinéastes en Résidence

International sales

Ant!pode Sales International

National distribution

Les Films de l’œil sauvage  (France) 




Festivalsand awards

Visions du réel 2022

IDFA - Meilleur film

EGD Lussas

Traces de Vie

Flahertiana IDFF - Nanouk d’Argent

Message To Man - Prix spécial Centaur du jury de la compétition internationale

DocPoint Helsinki

Giffoni Film Festival

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