Are You Listening!

By the coastal belts of Bangladesh, in a small village named ‘Sutarkhali’, RAKHI (27) lives with her man SOUMEN (32) and their son RAHUL (6). Fighting against all the odds of the woods, along with around a 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!

Director Kamar Ahmad Simon
Location Bangladesh
Duration 49 min.
Genre Natural Disaster/ Social Issues
Air Date (JST) Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015

About Director

Kamar Ahmad Simon

Kamar Ahmad Simon

Biography

A poet in private, an architect by training... Kamar Ahmad Simon is an award-winning new-generation filmmaker from Bangladesh. Born in a traditional Muslim family and brought up in the old lanes of Dhaka, Kamar's work tends a critical intospection of his time and surrounding. Bibliothèque nationale de France (the National Library of France), Johns Hopkins University USA has acquired his film and Conference of Youth (COY) in Paris, Royal Anthropoligal Institute from London has exhibited his work.

His debut non-fiction ‘Are You Listening!’ brought him critical acclaims including ‘Grand-Prix’ at 35th Cinema du reel Paris, ‘Golden-Conch’ in Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF). The film was premiered as the ‘Curtain Opener’ of 55thDok-Leipzig in Germany and in Official Selection of 25th IDFA in Netherlands. 'Are You Listening!' was one of the 9 films selected for Editing Lab in Berlinale 2011 Talent Campus. For his first feature script ‘Silence of the Seashell’ Kamar was awarded with Göteborg International Film Festival Grant, and invited to La Fabrique des Cinemas Du Monde in Cannes 2014 as one of ten upcoming directors. In his latest ventures, Kamar won The Asian Pitch for the second consecutive time and is being co-produced by four leading Asian Televisions, NHK from Japan, KBS form Korea, PTS from Taiwan and MediaCorp from Singapore. For his upcoming non-fiction feature 'Day After Tomorrow' Kamar has been selected as one of the 8 South Asian Directors for Open Doors Hub in Locarno 2016.

For the passion of Independent Filmmaking, Kamar regularly contributes in local dailies and masterminded discourses where international filmmakers like Claire Denis, Victor Kossakovsky were invited to Bangladesh.

Filmography

Stories of Change (Din Bodoler Pala), 2008
Are You Listening! (Shunte Ki Pao!), 2012
Testimony of a Thread (Ekti Sutar Jobanbondi), 2015
Blue Helmet, 2016
Silence of the Seashell (Shonkhodhoni/ Les Silences du Coquillage), 2017
Day after Tomorrow, 2018

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