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Shunte Ki Pao!
Shunte ki pao!
© Beginning Production
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AUTEUR(S)-RÉALISATEUR(S)

Simon Kamar Ahmad

IMAGE

Simon Kamar Ahmad

SON

Sukanta Majumdar

MONTAGE

Saikat Sekhareswar Ray

PRODUCTION / DIFFUSION

Beginning Production

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ISAN : ISAN 0000-0005-204F-0000-C-0000-0000-1
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En 2009, de nombreuses familles du littoral du Bangladesh ont vu leurs biens et logement engloutis par un raz de marée. La caméra suit particulièrement une de ces familles, habitant dans une cabane de fortune et faisant face au quotidien. Cette population issue de la classe moyenne tente de s’adapter en luttant contre l’environnement, dans l’attente des aides de l’état qui semble les oublier.

Is it possible to live “normally” in the absurd situation of constantly moving house? Floods and storms are part of everyday life for the families living along the coast of Bangladesh. But the beauty of Shunte ki pao! lies in the fact that the film chooses to portray only one of them. Not particularly poor at the outset, the schoolteacher Rakhi and her husband Soumen, parents of young Rahul, saw their home and possessions engulfed by a tidal wave in 2009. Two years later, they are still waiting for government aid. Crab fishing, free showers under the rain, fruit bought piece by piece – filmed with the resources of direct cinema and from an unusually low camera angle given the extremely low roofs of these makeshift houses, Kamar Ahmad Simon draws a nuanced portrait of a middle class adapting to near breaking point. Exile in India? “An illusion”, says the jobless husband. A seawall? Everyone is helping to rebuild it, but the impressive plans for this structure in wood, sand and stone are not convincingly robust. In a setting where the cycle of time too often forebodes other disasters, the filmmaker’s endurance becomes the most promising hope that some kind of continuity in time is possible.
(Charlotte Garson, Cinéma du réel 2013)

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