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New documentary profiles the first female surfer in Bangladesh

Date: November 1, 2013 | Posted By: Tessa

Recently, I saw a work-in-progress trailer for the new documentary film, The Most Fearless. This extraordinary film tells the true story of Nasima, a sixteen-year-old Bangladeshi girl who dreams of becoming a pro surfer.

Nasima surfing a wave.

Nasima, posing for a photo while catching a wave.

Nasima has fought against all odds, including being called a “whore” by Bangladeshi men for going in the water, to pursue her dream.

Director Heather Kessinger has already had several filming trips to Bangladesh, and spoke to me about the poverty of the country.

However, she says this is not a sad story about the state of life in Bangladesh. Rather, she is creating an inspiring story about a young and rebellious woman who is chasing her dream in the face of an ultra-conservative society that wants to stop her.

The project is halfway through production, and is currently seeking support through Kickstarter (8 days to go!) to fund the final production trip.

The tagline of the film is “an unexpected surf story.” I can’t wait to see the finished product!

Tessa Needham finished her PhD in Performing Arts at the University of Western Sydney (Australia) in 2008. Her thesis explored the potential of performance to provoke change, and part of her research was Bodily, a solo theatrical performance about body image. She loves technology and the creative arts, and is passionate about the different cultural forces affecting the body image of girls and women. She teaches computers and does freelance creative work: www.tessaneedham.com.

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