Four Bangladeshi short films will be screened at the 71st Cannes Film Festival, which will be held at the French Riviera town from May 8 to 19.
Two of the shorts are documentaries, while the other two are short feature films. These four shorts were selected from more than 1,600 submissions. Three of the shorts depict Rohingya crisis.
The documentary films namely A Quarter Mile Country by Noman Robin and A Pair of Sandal by Josim Ahmed will be screened at the festival.
The short feature films are Rowai and Meghe Dhaka respectively directed by Iqbal Hossain Chowdhury and Monzurul Alom.
Rowai depicts the story of a Rohingya youth stranded in post-Brexit London and A Pair of Sandal, which will also be screened at a German Festival on April, shows a Rohingya child holding her pair of sandals upward as if to criticise all those who have remained silent and did nothing to save the Rohingyas.
A Quarter Mile Country by Noman Robin brings to light the hurdles and struggles of Rohingya refugees.
‘My aim is to depict the geopolitics happening surrounding the Rohingya issue,’ Noman told New Age.
Meghe Dhaka (Life Without Sun) revolves around a loom worker named Habu. His father is paralysed and he is the bread earner of the family. One day a sudden storm destroys their home. Habu along with his father comes to Dhaka in search of livelihood.
‘The adverse impact of climate change on our country has been shown through the story of Habu, who gets displaced by climate-related disaster and comes to Dhaka in search of livelihood,’ Monzurul Alom told New Age.
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