Every Good Marriage Begins With Tears

English (subtitled), 63 min, 2006, UK

A deeply moving, tender and laugh-out-loud account of two feisty and rebellious London Bangladeshi sisters who go "back home" against their will for arranged marriages. Through intimate footage of the most personal moments, the film explores the universal theme of love, and conflicts across the generations, between the daughters' ideas and their parents. It dispels clichéd myths about the Islamic treatment of women and puts a human face on the communities which are currently being targeted as a result of terrorist attacks on the West.

Simon Chambers
Creative Crew
Simon Chambers
Benjamin Putland, Emiliano Battista
Chris Pow, David Hunt
Odithi Mohsin, Afia Khatoon, Mahmood Dur Rahman Benoo
Awards and Screenings:

Best Documentary, Royal Anthropological Institute, UK, 2006
Best Documentary, Romadoc, Italy, 2006
Best Documentary, La Huesca International Film Festival, Spain, 2006
Best Documentary, Ismalia International Film Festival, Egypt, 2006
Best Newcomer, Nominated for Grierson, UK, 2006
Honorable Mention, Parnu, Estonia, 2006
Nominated for UDOC Youth Prize, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, 2007

IDFA first appearance competition, 2006
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, USA, 2007
European Union EU XXL, 2007
ZagrebDox International Documentary Film Festival, 2007
Salaam DK Film Festival, Denmark, 2007
One World International Festival, Prague, 2007
Frieburger Film Forum, Germany, 2007;
Edoc, Equador, 2007
Il Nodo, Italy, 2007
Guth Gafa, Ireland, 2007
Royal Anthropological Institute, UK, 2007
Encounters, South Africa, 2007
Romadoc, 2007
Flahertiana, Russia, 2007
Brisbane International Film Festival, 2007