Every Good Marriage Begins With Tears

© Chambers
63 minutes / Colour / 2007
Directed by
Simon Chambers

Anthropologist Simon Chambers

Country of production United Kingdom

East London Muslim girl Shahanara is changing form pink hot pants into a sari to meet her husband at the airport. She has only met him once before, when she was married in a union arranged by her Bangladeshi family. Shahanara only agreed to the marriage to try and heal old wounds with her father, who had banished her from her family for her Western ways. Meanwhile her devout Muslim sister Hashnara is being groomed for her own arranged marriage, something that at 19 she does not feel at all ready for. Filmed by a close friend of the family this film explores universal theme of love and the conflicts between first and second generations of a British Bangladeshi family.

Language and subtitles English and Bengali with English Subtitles

Location(s) depicted London

Region London

Country Bangladesh United Kingdom

Keywords Family / Kinship Gender Role and Identity Marriage Intergenerational relations Social Norms