Wednesday, 11/13/2019

Meet the Filmmakers: GHAZAAL

Interview with director Ragini Bhasin

Meet the Filmmakers: GHAZAAL

Director Ragini Bhasin


What would be the teaser text for your film GHAZAAL?

A young girl experiences her period in a resourceless refugee camp.

Where does the inspiration for your film come from?

As I grew up I realized that periods are still considered a taboo in every part of the world, but I never understood the reason behind it. Until today, I can't reason out why I hide a sanitary napkin up in my sleeves when I go to the washroom and why I use the word 'stomach cramps' instead of menstrual cramps when I take a pill to reduce the pain. I think that inspired me to make a film about a girl experiencing her period as I wanted to normalize it in not only the audience's head but in my head too.

Which three people from film and television would you like to spend an evening with? Why? And what are you doing?

I would love to cook with Denis Villeneuve, paint with Asghar Farhadi and walk around the city with Andrea Arnold.

What's your favorite film quote?

One of my favorite quotes is from BEFORE SUNSET, "You can never replace anyone because everyone is made up of such beautiful, specific details."

For which film would you like to shoot the sequel?

I would love to shoot the sequel for SHOPLIFTERS. There is so much depth in that movie which is yet to be explored.

What is your favourite film - officially and secretly?

Officially my favorite film is PARASITE and the secret favorite film will always remain a secret.

What was your favorite film festival experience so far?

My favorite film festival experience was when I somehow sneaked into the premiere of HONEY BOY at Sundance 2019 with a couple of my friends. They were the most terrible seats and I had to turn my neck for 2 hours to watch the film but it was totally worth it.

Keyword "Munich". What comes to your mind first?

Munich - the first word that came to my mind was infatuation.



  • This film will be screened in Program 7
  • Film School: Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film & Media Arts
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