Bangla Surf Girls is a documentary about 3 fearless girls. Shobe Meheraz, Aisha Akter, and Suma Akhtar, from Cox’ Bazar Bangladesh who join a local surf club and dream of escaping the drudgery of their daily lives. The girls fight family pressure and social judgment, for a few hours on the waves each day and gain confidence as their natural skills and prowers gain international attention. The joy and freedom of the waves are a stark change from the abuse and hardship they face at home.
Bangla Surf Girls premiered at North America’s largest documentary festival Hot Docs to rave reviews. The documentary has also provoked a spontaneous response from the audience who were moved by the challenges faced by the girls and wish to reach out and help them break the cycle of poverty.
Since the commencement of this documentary, many more surf clubs have proliferated along the beaches of Cox’ Bazar. Formerly surfing was seen to be a male domain but Shobe, Suma and Aisha and the other girls who were the first female surfers are role models who have demonstrated to young girls that they can all be surfers.Today, many young girls are inspired to enroll in surfing programs.Currently, Shobe and Aisha are working as lifeguards and they also teach young girls and help them achieve their goals.
To recognize the incredible tenacity of Shobe Meheraz, Aisha Akter and Suma Akhtar , the producers of Bangla Surf Girls have created a fund in partnership with the The Jaago Foundation This will ensure that the girls receive the funds they need to support their families and be free to pursue their dreams.