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Every Good Marriage Begins With Tears| 1hr : 01mins
Director: Simon Chambers | Producer: Simon Chambers
Focus Years: 2006 | Country: United Kingdom
Subject Tags: asia, bangladesh, europe, migration, race, relationships, united kingdom
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
Hushnara is a bride-to-be who has cold feet on the eve of her big day. Her sister, Shahanara, has already tied the knot, but she is far more Westernised than her Islamic village-boy husband from Bangladesh, and the marriage already looks shaky after only two weeks. Their father wants to see the girls settled, and their eldest sister urges them to fulfil their duty to the family. All the elements are in place for a crackling movie about reluctant brides and intractable elders. Only, Simon Chambers’s "Every Good Marriage Begins with Tears" is a documentary about real people and their unscripted attempts to balance their individual desires with social expectations. Shahanara and Hushnara are the children of Bangladeshi immigrants from London. Chambers was as a social worker for 14 years, and the family trusted him enough to let him record their most private squabbles and confessions. Chambers followed the sisters and other family members in London and Bangladesh, and has come up with a higly personal and intimate film about different attitudes to love across cultures and generations, which is at turns hilarious and deeply sad.

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