THE BENGALI – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

The lyrical and poetic documentary The Bengali is about assumptions, stories handed down through generations, and how simple moments can dissolve resistance. The bulk of the film occurs in Khori, the village where roots-seeking New Orleans writer Fatima Shaik shows her grandfather’s picture, asks about life there a century ago, and tries to track down any records. In its gentle way, The Bengali shows how stories and presumptions can change, forging connections that are rich and real—not just to the past but to the world at large.

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