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THE SECRET WORDS | documentary


Director/DP, Q

Series Producer, Steven Lawrence

Associate Producer, Michal Shapiro

Editing/Post-Production, Overdose & Collage Impressions

The Secret Words

Documentary. Link TV.


Anusheh is an 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 Secret Words" observes Anusheh recording in Dhaka 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. The film was produced for the Link TV series "Rappers, Divas & Virtuosos: New Music From The Muslim World." Series producer Steven Lawrence recruited renowned Kolkata-based filmmaker Q to direct this episode.

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