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A Fairy-tale About Climate Change

Blue reflections of water and the sound of a thunderstorm. For a felt eternity. Rain pours, its sound disturbs darkness. A voice-over adds to a feeling of unease. It is Donald Trump explaining his views on global warming and climate. Again and again in the same words.
Abstract images of rain become a social reality. A camera captures crowds under a storm, stuck in a Dhaka train station. Then it moves to the countryside where peasants struggle in flooded farm land. The musings of the American president acquire a special resonance when played against the harsh realities of Bangladesh. The overpopulated country is one the most vulnerable nations to the impacts of climate change.

  • Abid Hossain Khan
  • Abid Hossain Khan
  • Mohammad Raju
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    4 minutes 51 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 15, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
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    Black & White and Color
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Director Biography - Abid Hossain Khan

Abid Hossain KHAN is a Bangladeshi independent filmmaker. He has published numerous short experimental films some of which received national acclaim. ‘Mechanism’, one of his first short experimental films, was officially selected and screened as opening and ending film at the Bangladesh Documentary Festival 2014 and in the Bangladesh Film Category at the New York Film Festival in 2014. ‘Color’, filmed in 2014, was awarded best documentary film at the Celebrating Life Film Contest Dhaka in 2015. His short film ‘20 continuous shots followed by Siddhartha’ was premiered at Curta Cinema - Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival 2016. For this film, he got the award for best documentary at the Celebrating Life Film Contest Dhaka in 2016.
His first feature documentary film ‘Belonging’ is currently in the production stage. This film was awarded at the 17th Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) in March 2019 (The Wouter Barendrecht Award) and the G2D Post Production Award (presented by G2D) towards a full sound package. For ‘Belonging’, he received a Bangladesh Government Film Grant.
Mr. Khan was the first Bangladeshi film director to be interviewed by the Hollywood Reporter.
Currently, he is working on a number of feature films: a documentary on disappearing professions in Bangladesh, a fiction on exploring life in Dhaka through the eyes of a foreigner, a fiction on a woman reflecting on the challenges she faces in the patriarchal society of Muslim Bangladesh.
Mr. Khan, born and brought up in a small town north of Dhaka, has studied in Sylhet and moved to Dhaka in 2010 where he lived ever since.

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Director Statement

Climate Change is a phenomenon threatening millions of people and the environment on a global level. While its effect cannot be ignored any longer it is all the more scandalous that people in highest positions deny its cause. Trumps words against the reality in countries like Bangladesh where the effect of climate change will have catastrophic dimensions show the absurdity of such believes.