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Fri 14 January
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Director: Rezwan Shahriar Sumit (Bangladesh, France, 2020)
Certification: 15 | 1h 40 min | Drama | Language: Bengali with English subtitles
Set in a tiny mangrove isle in the Bay of Bengal, The Salt in Our Waters (Nonajoler Kabbo) is the story of Rudro, a city-raised sculptor who travels to this remote mangrove isle on the Bangladeshi Delta, for his latest art installation and hoping to understand the people and way of life that captivated his coastguard father. Welcomed by the local fishermen and their leader Chairman, he rents a makeshift studio from native fisherman, Bashar, whose children Tuni and Taher are enchanted by Rudro’s artistry and way of being in the world.
The place is just a day’s boat ride, but a world away from modern, crowded Dhaka. On the first day of fishing season, the men of the village take to their boats, but return with empty nets: the plentiful local Ilish are not to be seen. While Rudro describes climate change as the reason, Chairman blames Rudro’s lifelike sculptures. The devout Muslim villagers call him an idolator and shun him. But when a cyclone’s approach threatens the village, Chairman overplays his hand, demanding the fishermen ignore the storm warnings and return to their boats to recoup earlier losses. Concerned for his friends and neighbors, Rudro inspires a revolt among the fisherman. Rudro finds himself center stage in a primal, elemental conflict between land and sea, man and nature, past and future. In this vanishing land where sea and sky merge, a storm is brewing and change –welcome or not—is coming.
“A wonderful meditation on modernity, climate change, family and love” – RogerEbert.com
“…the constant roar of wind and water is a reminder, whatever your religion or politics, nature doesn’t bend to the laws of man”. – Screendaily
+ Short film: Face Your Footprint
(2020, UK) directed and animated by Chike Okeke. A satirical story exposing the waste and pollution caused by one person’s daily routines over a 24-hour period.
Final work of the Bachelor of Arts degree in Animation from the University of Westminster, London.
With support from the BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN) awarding funds from The National Lottery.
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