BBC World News launches Identity season

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AS part of BBC World News’ new BBC Identity Season (#bbcidentity) DStv channel 400 will be screening Forgotten Girls of Dhaka at 4.30 pm on Friday, April 22, and 7.30 pm, 2.30pm and 8.30pm on Sunday, April 24.
If you are poor, and faced with limited choices, what kind of life will you lead compared to others? In the globalised world of opportunity, many of us are discovering and shaping our identities through new possibilities, while others less fortunate are having their identities shaped by circumstances out of their control.

Farhana Haider enters the world of a slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh to meet a group of teenage girls who were married and then abandoned by their husbands before they even reached 16 years old.

Are their identities now fixed for the rest of their lives? What chances do they have to define who are they are? How does the tight-knit slum community hinder or help shape the girls’ futures?

For the BBC World Service Identity season, Farhana hears them explain in their own words who they are and what they think the future holds.

The channel will also be screening a special edition of Talking Movies at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival at 2.30 pm on April 23 and at 9.30 am and 9.30pm on April 24.

Tom Brook looks at the best feature films and documentaries on offer at this increasingly important platform for American and international cinema and interviews a host of figures from the world of cinema, including movie star and the festival’s co-founder, Robert De Niro.

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