London. Muslim girl Shahanara is changing from pink hotpants into a saree, to meet her husband at the airport. She has only met him once before, when she was married in a union arranged by her Bangladeshi family. Shahanara only agreed to the marriage to try and heal old wounds with her father, who had banished her from her family for her Western ways. This is a film about a British Muslim family, made all the more revealing because of the filmmaker’s long standing friendship with them.
Simon Chambers trained at the National Film and Television School (United Kingdom). His graduate film ‘The Company We Keep’ won the Royal Television Society Best Student Documentary Award, while his fiction short ‘Playing Dead’ was selected for Cannes. ‘Every Good Marriage Begins With Tears’, a completely independent no-budget production, premiered at Doc/Fest 2006 and has shown at over thirty international festivals, won a handful of prizes.