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4 short docs about Bangladesh at Sheffield Doc/Fest

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Last March 2010, British Council Bangladesh and Bangladesh Documentary Council jointly organised a 7 day Documentary Film Making workshop for aspiring young filmmakers. The outcome was four Documentary Shorts on the common theme of Dhaka City (capital City of Bangladesh) , called “Dhaka Stories”.

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These 4 doc shorts have been selected to be screened at the Sheffield Docfest 2010, 2 weeks ago.

The workshop was led by two experienced and talented tutors from Scottish Documentary Institute. “The out come was sheer brilliance. Given the short time span and logistical limitations, the outcome was tremendous due to the dedication of the tutors, participants and all the co-coordinators involved.” as explained by one of its participants.

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“Dhaka Stories” is comprised of four shorts on Dhaka. They are called “Waiting For Godot”, “Calling Home”, “Bitter Lemon” and “My Dream”.

. WAITING FOR GODOT

Day labourers in Dhaka gather at dawn in a market to sell their labour. The ones left behind come to terms with the effects of not getting a job.

Director: Md. Arifur Rahman
Camera: Juthika Roy
Sound: Ekramul Kabir
Producer: Md. Mahmudul Hoque.

Dhaka streets (Bangladesh)photo © 2006 Ahron de Leeuw | more info (via: Wylio)

. BITTER LEMON

Experience the point of view of a traffic Policeman as he Complains how the People of Dhaka have made breaking the rules a way of life.

Director: Nazmun Nakeb
Camera: Raffael Ahsan
Sound: Habibur Rahman
Producer: SM Aminul Islam.

. CALLING HOME

Abdul Aziz, another migrant from the countryside, rides the rickshaw day in day out to support his family and afford an education for his daughter.

Director: Shadman Alvi
Camera: Al-Haseeb Nomani
Sound: Kazi Robayet Islam
Producer: SM Khaled Mahfuz.

. MY DREAM

Suman, a shrewd businessman makes a decent living as a disabled beggar. He doesn’t just keep it for himself though. He has a dream.

Director: Md. Rezwan Ali Khan
Camera: Srabantee Shegufta
Sound: Omar Sharif
Producer: Likhon Aniruddha

Old Town Dhakaphoto © 2008 b k | more info (via: Wylio)

Trailer on Vimeo

Article on Britfilms

Article about Dhaka on Wikipedia

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