Paradise Nest

Paradise Nest is an experimental Docu-Fiction based on birds life somewhere in Bangladesh. Film portraying a rare family couple of Paradise Flycatcher at their challenging living condition in the nature with all their deficient and progression, with all their joys and sadness as life carrying itself!
A more than documentary appealing towards the life and equal right to sharing the earth like other species existing.

    Writers / Creative Team
  • Emon Chowdhury
  • Ripon Nath
  • Arif Ahmed
    Director of Photography
  • Paradise flycatcher
    Key Cast
    "Indian Paradise flycatcher "
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Short, Documentary
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 37 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
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  • International Wildlife Film Festival
    Missoula, Montana
    United States
    April 14, 2018
    The Roxy Theater
    Official Selection
  • Calcutta International Cult Film Festival
    April 21, 2018
    Golden fox award for annual screenning
  • New Earth International Film Festival
    Kraków, Małopolska 31-010
    October 15, 2018
    International Film Festival Rynek 28
    Official Selection
  • Film Leben Festival
    Ilmenau, Thuringia 98693
    June 6, 2018
    Max-Planck-Ring 7 KuKo e.V.
    Official Selection
  • Cefalù film festival 2022
    Cefalù, Palermo 90015
    May 1, 2018
    Cefalù film festival 2022 Via cavour, 38
    Official Selection
  • RTF Realtime International Film Festival
    Ikeja, Lagos 23401
    June 24, 2018
    RTF Complex Off Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Ikeja, Lagos.
    Official Selection
  • International Short Film Festival on Culture & Tourism
    Mumbai, Maharashtra 400063
    March 26, 2018
    Radium Apartments, Shreyas Colony, Goregaon(E), Mumbai-400063 (India).
    Official Selection
Director Biography - ARIF AHMED

Md Ariful Islam born on July 1, 1989 in Daulatpur upazila (subdistrict) of Kushtia. Known as Arif Ahmed is a Bangladeshi photographer, cinematographer, writer and Director. He is the founder of Arif Ahmed Photography and Arif Ahmed Films. Arif Ahmed is one of the prominent portrait and celebrity photographers in the Bangladeshi film & media.

Arif Ahmed has taken up photography as his profession since 2007. He has been working as staff photojournalist in the daily ‘’Janakantha’’ a national news paper in Bangladesh since 2008 to 2019. Arif Ahmed won a photography award known as Warm Valley Best Photographer 2011.

There are plenty of songs on birds in Bangladesh. But for the first time a film is being made on birds. The name of the film is ‘Paradise Nest’. It is being made as a short film. Cinematography & Directed by Arif Ahmed.

Arif Ahmed’s photographic heartland lies in documentaries of all kinds. He is now engaged in making documentaries film based on Birds & Wildlife of Bangladesh. People & nature are the leitmotifs of Arif’s works.

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Director Statement

Usually birds are closest to the Mankind. There is a diversity of birds in Bangladesh. Even though Paradise Flycatcher was once very common in Bangladesh, now it has become quite rare to see. Paradise Flycatchers are also known as ‘Saheb Bulbuli’ or ‘Shah Bulbul’ locally. Even though the Paradise Flycatcher looks like Mavis(Bulbul), but they are not of same kind. There are plenty of songs on birds in Bangladesh. But for the first time a film is being made on birds. The name of the film is ‘Paradise Nest’. It is being made as a short film. Like any other films, there will be series of events in this film. The film ‘Paradise Nest’ focuses on a particular nest and tells the story of birds and their life, feelings, growing up, struggle with the nature, love, and also being the victim of the eco system. Even the change in the colour of this bird is shown in the film. There are 2 episodes on male paradise flycatchers. One episode is on maroon and one on white. Usually the male paradise flycatchers are maroon until they are 2 or 3 years old. But gradually it changes to pure white as they grow up. The tails of the male birds are three-times larger than the female birds. But the female birds look the same for their whole life.
Besides directing the film, I am producing it as well. It was very hard to look for their nests. Firstly I tried to understand their habits, where they can be located or how they behave. Different books on birds from all around the world helped me a lot. Most importantly I had to keep in mind that those birds shouldn’t be scared of me. Because if these birds ever get any sense of violence from me, they will be in danger of survival. The safest place on this earth for the birds is their nests. Their nests are their heaven. This is the reason why I named my film ‘Paradise Nest’. Even though it is an 8 and half minutes film, I had to really work hard for 5months. I enjoyed a lot while working, but also got hurt emotionally. Especially when the mother birds get drenched in rain to save their little babies, I felt a strange pain for my mother. The maternal love or care of these birds will make the humans think twice. Everyday these birds are disappearing and are getting endangered. Anyhow we have to save these birds. If they birds are saved, then the nature will be saved and the mankind will be saved.