To coincide with the Independence Day of Bangladesh, we are screening this unique award winning documentary “Shunte Ki Pao! Are You Listening!”, an incredible film addressing Climate Justice for Bangladesh.
‘Are You Listening!’ reveals the alarming effects of climate change and captures the fighting spirit of a community and its will to survive. The seaside village of Sutarkhali was submerged by a cyclone. Protagonist Rakhi, her husband Soumen and their six-year-old son were forced to live on a dyke with 100 other families. The government was slow to help the families reclaim their land and the delay gave rise to friction.
Where: Appleton Tower Lecture Theatre 2, 11 Crichton St, EH8 9LE
When: from 5:45pm to 8:30pm
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By the coastal belts of Bangladesh, in a small village named ‘Sutarkhali’, RAKHI lives with her man SOUMEN (32) and their son RAHUL (6). Fighting against all the odds of the woods, along with around 100 families, they cultivate the land for generations. On May 25, 2009 when RAHUL is only 4 years old, a tidal surge hits the coastal belts of Bangladesh. For RAKHI, SOUMEN and RAHUL life is not the same anymore. ‘Are You Listening!’ is about RAKHI’s hope to ensure a dignified future for her son RAHUL. It’s about her jobless husband SOUMEN’s frustration for failing to provide for his family and about a community’s struggle to get back the land they have lost! Seasons change topography, even relations… Yet after the rain… They go out with spades and shovels to reclaim the life again!
‘Are You Listening!’ has been invited to more than 40 International Festivals including “OFFICIAL SELECTION” of 25th IDFA, the largest documentary festival of the world and “OPENING FILM” of 55th Dok Leipzig, the oldest documentary festival. It was also exhibited on special occasions of Conference of Youth (COY) in Paris, Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) London, Cinema Louxor in Paris, Stadkino Basel in Switzerland and many more. In 2015, the film was awarded with Bangladesh National Film Award as the Best Feature (Non-fiction) handed over by Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of People’s Republic of Bangladesh.
Bangladeshi director Kamar Ahmad Simon’s 90-minute documentary ‘Are You Listening!’ won the Golden Conch award for best documentary film over 60 minutes. It received the Golden Conch trophy and a cash prize of Rs 5,00,000 of which Rs 3,00,000 was for the director and Rs 2,00,000 for producer Sara Afreen.
This event is a partnership between Communities For Conservation, Bangla Scot Trust and Hearty Squirrel Cooperative Edinburgh. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with climate activists and researchers.
Light refreshments will be provided.
The film will be subtitled.
The Director of the European Documentary Network (EDN) and Danish film critic Tue Steen Müller wrote about the film in his blog,
A classic humanistic, cinematically brilliant work…brings back memories of the Apu-trilogy of Satyajit Ray.
The 25th International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) introduced the film as,
A gorgeously shot observational documentary… filming from an unusually low camera angle…
The Jury awarding the ‘Grand Prix’ in the main international competition section of 35th Cinéma du Réel in Paris cited,
With patience and intelligence in a hostile environment Kamar knew how to stay at the good distance of the people…he filmed to build a humanist movie…in the tradition of the feature length documentary narratives ‘Are You Listening!’ is a visual symphony and an ode to life.
Dubai based film programmer and critic Özge Calafato wrote in the 2013 spring edition of European documentary magazine, the quarterly DOX,
Strong political content with a distinct artistic vision…doesn’t want to be confined to any strict interpretation of the genre.
One of the most popular Bengali newspaper Prothom Alo, with the largest Bangladeshi readership, published the news of winning ‘Grand Prix’ in 35th Cinema du reel in Paris in highlighted box in back page as a national achievement news.
Also, the 15th years anniversary special publication, a coffee table book on Bangladesh’s achievement of 15 years between 1998-2013’, Prothom Alo mentioned two films – ‘Shunte Ki Pao!’ (Are You Listening!) and Matir Moina (The Clay Bird) by Kamar’s mentor Tareque Masud.