Autumn 2008 Main series
Sunday, November 23, 2008 at 4:00pm
Sunday, November 23, 2008 at 7:00pm
Monday, November 24, 2008 at 7:00pm
Directed by Sarah Gavron
Screenplay by Monica Ali, Laura Jones, and Abi Morgan
Starring Lana Rahman, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Satish Kaushik, Christopher Simpson, and Naeema Begum
Rated NR ·
Nazneen’s life is turned upside down at the tender age of seventeen,. Forced into an arranged marriage to an older man, she exchanges her Bangladeshi village home for a block of flats in London’s East End. In this new world, pining for her home and her sister, she struggles to make sense of her existence – and to do her duty to her husband. A man of inflated ideas (and stomach), he sorely tests her compliance.
Told from birth that she must not fight her fate, Nazneen submits, devoting her life to raising her family and slapping down her demons of discontent. Until the day that Karim, a hot-headed local man, bursts into her life.
Against a background of escalating racial tension, they embark on an affair that finally forces Nazneen to take control of her life. Set in multicultural Britain, Brick Lane is a contemporary story of love, cultural difference, and ultimately, the strength of the human spirit.