Asian Art Museum, Seattle – Thursday, October 20th – 7:00 PM

Ant Story, Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, 2013, Bangla, 92 min

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SSAFF 2016

Ant Story, a critically acclaimed Bangladeshi movie, followed by reception with the director, Mostofa Sarwar Farooki

Ant Story is a wry comedy about Mithu, an incorrigible daydreamer who gets ever more embroiled in his fantasies. Everyday on the way back to his suburban home on the other side of the river, struggling young graduate Mithu keeps gazing at the dazzling city of Dhaka which is like a big pie. Everybody wants to have a stake in that pie. Mithu feels he is not properly equipped to win over his stake. So he starts to equip himself in an unusual and unethical fashion. He realizes when the world can not be changed according to his wish; it is easier to create a new customized world in his head! He embarks on a journey of faking, lying, and fantasizing. He feels the immense pleasure of creativity because ‘truth is what one has while lies are what one creates’. It then turns out to be a dangerously ‘creative’ game of sex-lies-and videotape