Barber in Paradise

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“Barber in Paradise” is a story about a Hindu man’s struggle to earn his place in a society where he always been treated as an outsider. Pradeep Kumar Shil and his family are the only Hindu inhabitants among five thousand Muslims on the Island of Saint Martin’s off the coast of Bangladesh. His ancestors, barbers by profession, were one of first families to make the island their home. As time passed, their home was taken away from them by Muslim landowners. After his Father passed away, he took over the family business and runs his own barber shop now. He has given up his fight to get his ancestral land back, but has started a new journey as he is trying to buy a new piece of land on the Island to make it his home again. His business is not doing that good, but he has only two months to clear a payment of 1,600 US Dollars and register the land to his own name.

Director Arifur Rahman / Bijon
Location Bangladesh
Duration 28 min.
Genre Family / Life / Social Issue
Air Date (JST) Mon., Jun. 18, 2018 *rerun
Mon., Mar. 26, 2018

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Director

Arifur Rahman

Debanjan Sengupta

Biography

Producer, Director Arifur Rahman is the First Bangladeshi Asian Academy Producing fellow. His debut produced feature film Kingdom of Clay Subjects has World Premiered at 42nd Seattle International Film Festival and has won the Best Film Award at 7th Chicago South Asian Film Festival. After playing at many international film festivals around the world, the film is set to have its Theatrical release in Bangladesh and North America this March. His second produced feature Live From Dhaka has had its World Premiere at Singapore IFF where it clinched the Best Director and the Best actor award. The film also played at International Film Festival of Rotterdam and currently having its festival journey around the world. He has produced and directed documentary and reality based shows in collaboration with BBC, Scottish Documentary Institute, Bangladesh Documentary Council, and NHK TV. His Documentary Beyond the Waves has won the Colors of Asia pitching competition at Tokyo docs and been featured in NHK World’s Inside Lens documentary series. Also his short documentary Waiting for Godot has played at the prestigious Sheffield Doc/Fest.

Filmography

2017 Live from Dhaka; (Credit: Producer)
2016 Kingdom of Clay Subjects; (Credit: Producer)
2016 Beyond the Waves; (Credit: Producer, Director)
2011 Without a Window of His Own; (Credit: Producer, Director)
2010 Waiting for Godot; (Credit: Producer, Director)

Director

Bijon

Debanjan Sengupta

Biography

Writer, Director Bijon is the first Bangladeshi Film Production/Directing MFA- graduate from the prestigious Film, Television, and Theatre Department of University of California, Los Angeles. His written and directed debut feature film Kingdom of Clay Subjects has World Premiered at 42nd Seattle International Film Festival and has won the Best Film Award at 7th Chicago South Asian Film Festival. After playing at many international film festivals around the world, the film is set to have its Theatrical release in Bangladesh and North America this March. He has also worked as a Producer for feature film Live From Dhaka, which has had its World Premiere at Singapore International Film Festival and International Film Festival of Rotterdam. Bijon’s documentary proposal Beyond the Waves has won the Colors of Asia competition at Tokyo Docs. He has received numerous awards for his filmmaking including Motion Picture Association of America Awards, Edie and Lew Wasserman Film Production fellowship, Dorothy Arzner Memorial Awards, and The Nancy Richardson Fund.

Filmography

2017 Live from Dhaka; (Credit: Producer)
2016 Kingdom of Clay Subjects; (Credit: Producer)
2016 Beyond the Waves; (Credit: Producer, Director)
2012 Absolute Truth; (Credit: Writer, Director)
2009 Chaotic Rhythm; (Credit: Writer, Director)
2008 Parallel Salvation; (Credit: Writer, Director)

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