A River Called Titas

Ritwik Ghatak’s tragic tale of a couple separated by a kidnapping delivers a lyrical account of the speech, rhythms and rituals of a Malo fishing community.

Based on a celebrated Bengali novel by Advaita Malla Barman, A River Called Titas was filmed in Ritwik Ghatak’s childhood home of East Bengal shortly after the independence of Bangladesh. Overwhelmed by the changes in his native land, Ghatak made this, his penultimate feature film, as a grim recognition of the inevitability of change and the terrible cyclical power of loss and resurrection. As Ghatak unfolds the tragic tale of a couple separated by a kidnapping, he also delivers a lyrical account of the speech, rhythms and rituals of a Malo fishing community. It is perhaps Ghatak’s most ambitious project – a raw and powerful tale of a drying river and a dying culture.

Special features

  • Introduction by film critic Derek Malcolm.
  • On-screen director’s biography.

Product information

    • Certificate

      PG

    • Colour

      Colour

    • Sound

      Sound

    • Running time

      151mins

    • Languages

      Bengali

    • Subtitles

      English

    • Original aspect ratio

      1.33:1

    • DVD region

      • 2 Europe (except Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus), Middle East, Egypt, Japan, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Greenland, French Overseas departments and territories

    • Catalogue number

      BFIVD545

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