Without Shame is a love story at its core – but not in the traditional sense. It’s about love of one’s country, culture, God, and language. It’s about the power of identity to shine through when other forces threaten to overshadow it.
In 1968 East Pakistan, in a village called Madhukhali, shame is a virtue Sariyah never mastered. She yearns to join a movement with her fellow Bengalis, who are gripping onto their language and cultural identity against neocolonial powers – but she is continuously sucked into the narrow visions of her father.
Rodney Creed bursts into this tension-filled world with the bright optimism of a college graduate, too eager to sense the rumbling ground beneath him, and he doesn’t have a clue – until he meets Sariyah. Rodney believes he is there to teach, but he will learn painful, irreversible things.