“Translucence” explores identity, culture, and transformation using a non-linear narrative to tell the story of a young woman and her multitude forms of self-expression. The moment of self-revelation is both unsettling and transformative, forcing the girl to confront her fears and doubts. As she reflects on her past, present, and future, she discovers that all of these moments are interconnected, forming a collage of dream-like visuals that shape her into her higher self. As she grapples with her own beliefs, the film poses a compelling question: will she be able to shatter the barriers holding her back and transcend her limitations?

  • Lamia B. Hossain
  • Lamia B. Hossain
  • Lamia B. Hossain
    Executive Producers
  • Asha Arabia
    Executive Producers
  • Asha Arabia
    Makeup & Wardrobe
  • Alexander Lahoda
    Director of Photography
  • Alexander Lahoda
  • Riham Ashraf
  • Fahima Haque
    Production Assistant
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 28 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 20, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    700 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    Bengali, English
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Nuit Blanche
    September 24, 2023
    12 Hours of BIPOC Short Films
Director Biography - Lamia B. Hossain

Lamia Hossain is a Bangladeshi-Canadian artist, director, writer, and photographer bridging the realms of visual arts and moving imagery using her intersectionality as the catalyst for creation. An emerging director and accomplished photographer, Lamia seamlessly captures the essence and complexities of her Bangladeshi heritage and Toronto upbringing, constructing her unique narrative. 

Lamia's academic journey includes an Honours Bachelor's degree in English from York University and a Diploma in Creative Photography from Humber College. Her artistic prowess has been recognized in esteemed galleries and digital exhibitions, including "Divergence: The Portfolio Show" and "The Bangladeshi Identity Project."

Fuelled by an unwavering belief in the transformative power of art, Lamia endeavours to amplify the voices of the underrepresented and honour the profound diversity that surrounds her. She is a fervent advocate for the potential of storytelling to build bridges, especially in the poignant narratives of the South Asian 2SLGBTQ+ communities.

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Director Statement

"Translucence" is an experimental and abstract non-linear exploration of metamorphosis born from inner conflict. As the project's writer, director, and executive producer, I guide the creative vision and oversee production. This deeply personal project has the potential to resonate with audiences worldwide, particularly within the South Asian diaspora. With this film, I want to challenge artistic norms and sparks meaningful conversations within the diaspora community and the experiences of first-generation immigrants.