Hawa is the latest International Feature submission for Bangladesh. Director Mejbaur Rahman Sumon latest film is a modern tale fantasy about fishermen.
Hawa opens up with chaotic scenes of fishermen preparing their boats for their sail into the ocean. The film then follows eight men as they head out into the Bay of Bengal on an industrial looking aqua teal green boat. As days go on, the men work tirelessly trying to earn some money by hauling fish. The pressure is increased with the constant threat of pirates stealing their captures during the night. But not everyone on the boat is working together, as corruption begins to show between some of the men. And distrust begins to set in.
One day at sea, the men catch a woman tangled in one of their nets. She appears to be dead but she somehow survives. She’s confused, mute and the men are intrigued by her presence. Some embrace this new member on their boat. Others don’t, considering her to be bad luck. Her existence on the boat isn’t a coincidence though and the mistrust, misfortune, and possible fatal consequences begin to emerge on this tiny ship set in the middle of the deadly waters.
Filled with claustrophobia, and stunning images of the vast ocean, Hawa is a tale about corruption and revenge, while highlighting the struggles of a woman in a male-dominated society. The waves of the ocean, the different lights of the sea, the broken boat so tiny in comparison to its surroundings, the loss at sea, are all themes shown throughout the film. These messages are threaded into a blend of revenge, star-crossed romance, myth, folklore, and fantasy.
As the film races to a bloody end, Hawa's tragic message is a reminder about the negative implications of evil and greed which are as expansive as the sea itself.