Rappers, Divas, Virtuosos: New Music From the Muslim World

About the Show

Sending a crew to execute an interview in another country (as we did in all of the other portraits in our series) is always a delicate task full of pitfalls and surprises. But with director Q Overdose we did not have to worry. A vastly talented Indian filmmaker (see another of his films, Love In India, on Link), he had long been interested in making a film about Anusheh Anadil and was thus the perfect choice.

-Michal Shapiro, Director of Music Programming

Anusheh: The Secret Words

Anusheh is a fiery, outspoken Bangladeshi singer-songwriter whose band Bangla is very popular with young people in her homeland. She has pioneered the fusion of traditional rural songs with rock music, giving them new life. As a Fakiri, Anusheh has been attacked by Islamic fundamentalists, but has fought back courageously, stating that the Islamists do not represent the real spiritual values of her countrymen. Her strength comes from her firm faith in Marfat, finding God within oneself. The film observes her recording in a studio in Dhaka, the capital, and making a pilgrimage to Kushtia in western Bangladesh, where she sings and communes with her guru. We also see her in the store she started in Dhaka, where she employs disabled people, former sex workers and roadside painters.

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