Asian Cinema Fund 2018
- Script Development Fund
- Production Support Fund
- Post-Production Fund
- Asian Network of Documentary(AND) Fund
- ACF Showcase
- AND Programs
2017 Script Development Fund Projects
|Project||I See Waves|
After being accused of killing a local politician, Sazzad escapes from Bangladesh to avoid death sentence and comes to Bangkok only to find out that he has Chronic Kidney Disease. Living as an illegal immigrant, Sazzad faces constant fear of getting arrested and detained while struggling to earn enough to continue his dialysis treatment. Meanwhile Bangladeshi police keep harassing his family to know his whereabouts, which makes him feel terribly guilty. As the pressure mounts, Sazzad finds himself in a gridlock from where he sees no way out.
While I was editing the last scene of my first feature, I started wondering about the fate of the protagonist Sazzad who did everything he could to escape from Dhaka. I asked myself what happens next? In my research, I came across news reports describing the unbearable situations of political refugees living in Bangkok. Their stories of day-to-day suffering, inhuman living conditions and the constant fear of getting detained were impossible to ignore. In today’s world “Immigration” has become an important subject matter more than ever. But my film is not about an “Issue”. It’s an attempt to understand the complex life of an immigrant. My visual approach is similar to a photojournalist, capturing the essence of my characters in real space and light by being present at the moment of any given situation. It is an intimate and observational approach. Since the film is about someone who lives in a city of strange people, my camera is going to be his most trusted witness.