Cineforum • December 7th • BANGLA


Directed by Phaim Bhuiyan (2019)

Phaim Bhuiyan’s directorial debut is based on his own experiences and brimming with witty observations, Bangla is an endearing and relevant story about integration and identity.

Phaim (played by the director himself) is a 22-year-old Italian of Bangladeshi origin. He lives with his family in Rome’s multi-ethnic Torpignattara neighborhood, works as a museum guard and plays in a band. When he meets Asia (Carlotta Antonelli), she is definitely not how he imagined his first-ever girlfriend would be. Asia is wild, impulsive and lives on instinct. The attraction between them is immediate and undeniable. So Phaim will have to figure out how to reconcile his love for this young woman with the most absolute of Islam’s rules: no sex before marriage.

Bangla is the winner of Best Comedy at the Nastri d’Argento Awards. It’s a witty rom-com that’s a fresh and spirited Rome-set study of the complications of young love caught between very different belief systems.

NOTE: The film is in Italian with ENGLISH subtitles.

After the viewing there will be a light reception and a discussion of the film.

Saturday, December 7th •  4:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Sentieri Italiani • 5430 North Broadway • Chicago, IL 60640

Call  773.275.5325  or  Email

$10 with member discount • $15 general admission
Cash or check in hand by December 5, 2019
Or $20 at the door, last-minute seating, cash only


Enjoy movie night at Sentieri Italiani featuring the latest Italian films, many of which have not yet been released in the U.S. The viewing is followed by a lively discussion of the film while indulging in a little wine and antipasti. Brush up on your Italian while taking in the sights and sounds of Italy without leaving Chicago!

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