Rubaiyat Hossain

Rubaiyat Hossain is one of Bangladesh’s handful of female filmmakers, known for her critically acclaimed debut feature film Meherjaan (2011) which faced political and cultural wrath in Bangladesh for its antiwar narrative, and its critic of masculine nationalism from a feminine point of view. Her second feature film Under Construction (2015) premiered at New Directors Showcase at Seattle International Film festival and was theatrically released and well received in Bangladesh. Her third feature film Made in Bangladesh (2019), based on real events portrays the life of a textile union president. Rubaiyat used ethnographic research in making the film. Made in Bangladesh premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and distributed by Pyramide Films. Rubaiyat uses a feminist lens in her cinema. She studied women’s studies at Smith College and Cinema Studies at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Rubaiyat has worked with women’s rights organizations in Bangladesh and taught gender studies at BRAC University.