Asian Cinema Fund 2018
- Script Development Fund
- Production Support Fund
- Post-Production Fund
- Asian Network of Documentary(AND) Fund
- ACF Showcase
- AND Programs
2011 Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund
|Project||CHAR… the island within|
Many moons ago, a deluge with fish and tortoises descended from heaven, and formed the River Ganga. Today the river acts as the international border between India and Bangladesh. Rubel, a fourteen-year-old child, lives on this border. When his family home was lost to erosion, they moved to a tiny and fragile island called Char. Despite the dangers involved, he smuggles rice to survive by crossing the border. In this ever-changing landscape, the winds blow strongly in the summer, the clouds roll and monsoon arrives. Some distance away stands a colossal dam, but this grand invention did not help Rubel; he lost his home to the hungry tides of the river goddess regardless. Rubel dreams of joining a school across the river. And of living on the mainland where cars run on gas and electric lamps burn that much brighter. I travel with Rubel to the cracking edge of the island. Will Char erode as well?
Everything is a subject, everyone is a character, but I can only film when it intrigues and confuses me like Char. Can a river be made a border between people? What happens when the river moves and the border does not? Where do the people go when the river erodes? The answer was Char, a no-man’s land, an island within the river. I was one forbidden visitor in this perilous borderland. And in Char I met some people whose lives have changed. Or am I a changed person coming from the mainland? The film was born in my mind in this ambivalence… in this twilight zone. And I realized that the elusive waters of Ganga held many stories. I was tempted and started shooting… for me this is the best way.