At barely nine years of age, Fatima was married off to a pimp in the red-light area of Forbesganj, a town at the northern end of the state of Bihar in India bordering Nepal. Fatima's community is nomadic in origin. Branded as a ‘Criminal Tribe' in 1871, they've been stigmatised and were denied access to their legitimate trades. To survive, men started pimping the women. Eventually they started trafficking girls from outside as well. Fatima left her husband when he wanted to prostitute their minor daughter. She escaped the red-light area in 2007 and became an activist, challenging trafficking in her community. We join her as she continues motivating, fighting for other women and children there. She sends her children to school and as we follow her personal ups and downs; falling in love again, trying to start a new family, we find out more about why she chose to fight against the abuse and exploitation that has become systemic in her community. Despite the forces of police corruption and community ties hampering her efforts, Fatima appears to be rewarded both as an activist and in her personal life. But there is growing resentment and her hopes appear to be constantly overwhelmed by the challenges facing her and her new family.
Sourabh Kanti DuttaDirectorI am Bonnie
Sourabh Kanti DuttaWriter
Peter J KirbyProducerLife of a Hunter / 55 min. / 2012 Director/Cinematographer : Peter J. Kirby -- Best Cinematography Award at TWIFF / 2012. Echoes / 94 min./ 2013 Director : Rajesh Shera -- Film By The Sea, Mumbai International Film Festival 2013. The Land’s Music / 110 min./ 2017 Director : Peter J. Kirby The Receptionist / 102 min./ 2017 Director : Jenny Lu -- Best Film at Sochi International Film Awards, 2017. -- Shortlisted for BIFA awards 2017. -- Winner : ‘Best Emerging Director, Narrative Fiction’ award at the 40th Asian American International Film Festival, New York , 2017. -- Nominated for 'Best Supporting Actress' for Golden Horse Film Festival 2017. -- Nominated for 'Best Film' & 'Best Actress' for Milan International Film Awards 2017. -- Nominated for 'Best Feature Film' for Salento International Film Festival 2017 -- In First Feature Competition for London East Asian Film Festival 2017. -- Selected for Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017. -- Selected for Durban International Film Festival 2017. -- Selected for Raindance 2017. -- Winner : 'Best Film' at Mt.Fuji-Atami Film + VR Festival 2017.
Sourabh Kanti DuttaProducero I am Bonnie /45 min.(2016) https://vimeo.com/262632424 Password: Bandana2Bonnie Role: Director/Cinematographer/Executive Producer Co-directors: Miss Farha Khatun, Miss Satarupa Santra. Producer: Films Division, India. • 65th National Film Award, 2017: ‘Best Film on Social Issues’. • World Premier: 30th BFI Flare, 2016. • Special Jury Award, Intl. Competition: Mumbai Intl. Film Festival, 2018. • Long Documentary Competition: 9th IDSFFK, Kerala 2016. • Best Documentary: 22nd Kolkata Intl. Film Festival, 2016. • Satyajit Ray Silver Award at the South Asian Short Film Festival 2019, organized by Federation of Film Societies of India. • Best Documentary (2nd Prize) : 5th Smita Patil Intl. Film Festival, 2017.
Fatima KhatunKey Cast"Fatima Khatun"
Nagina KhatunKey Cast"Nagina Khatun"
Project Title (Original Language):Fatima
Project Type:Documentary, Feature, Short
Genres:human rights, discrimination, social change
Completion Date:April 30, 2022
Production Budget:67,150 USD
Country of Origin:India
Country of Filming:India
53rd International Film Festival of India, Goa 2022.Panjim, Goa
November 24, 2022
Indian Panorama, Goa Premiere
14th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala 2022.Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
August 27, 2022
11th Liberation DocFest, Dhaka 2023.Dhaka
March 12, 2023
9th Kolkata Peoples Film Festival 2023.Kolkata
January 22, 2023
Official Selection_Non-competitive Festival
Beyond Borders Feminist Film Festival 2022.New Delhi
March 5, 2023
Official Selection_Non-competetive Festival.
Sourabh Kanti Dutta.
A history graduate and a self-taught filmmaker, my Directorial debut 'I am Bonnie'/45min. (with directors Farha Khatun & Satarupa Santra) -- on the tragedies, aspirations and achievements of an Intersex footballer, premiered at the BFI Flare, London in 2016, and later won the 65th National Film Award in 2017. It went on to win Jury Award at Mumbai Intl. Film Festival 2018and the Best Documentary Award at the Kolkata Intl. Film Festival 2017.
FATIMA/59' is my 2nd directorial attempt and 1st feature length documentary(as the Writer/Director/Co-producer), an international co-production between India and UK.
It tells the story of Fatima who has become an activist to challenge trafficking in her community.
It was awarded an AlterCine Foundation grant in 2018
and was on the NFDC ‘FilmBazaar Recommends’ list 2021.
It was also selected as one of the 2020 Spring Grant Finalists of Roy W Dean Grant.
Documentaries that I’ve filmed as a Cinematographer in 2020 have won awards. Atasi/52’ by Dir. Putul Mahmood won the Best Documentary/Silver Conch at the Mumbai Intl. Film Festival in 2020 and Longra/27’ by Dir. Sankha brought me the Best Documentary Cinematography Award at the IDSFFK, Kerala in 2019.
o Fatima / 59' (current film)
Producer : Peter J. Kirby/UK
• NFDC FimBazaar Recommends 2021.
• Finalist : Roy W Dean Grant 2020.
• AlterCine Foundation Grant for 2018.
• Most Developed Project Award : Docedge Kolkata 2018.
• European Documentary Network Award : Dhaka DocLab 2018.
• World Premiere: 14th Intl. Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala 2022.
• 53rd IFFI, Goa 2022, Indian Panorama.
• 9th Kolkata Peoples Film Festival 2023.
• Beyond Borders Feminist Film Festival 2023.
• Liberation DocFest, Dhaka 2023.
o I am Bonnie /45 min.(2016)
Role: Director/Cinematographer/Executive Producer
Co-directors: Miss Farha Khatun, Miss Satarupa Santra.
Producer: Films Division, India.
• 65th National Film Award, 2017: ‘Best Film on Social Issues’.
• World Premier: 30th BFI Flare, 2016.
• Special Jury Award, Intl. Competition: Mumbai Intl. Film Festival, 2018.
• Long Documentary Competition: 9th IDSFFK, Kerala 2016.
• Best Documentary: 22nd Kolkata Intl. Film Festival, 2016.
• Satyajit Ray Silver Award at the South Asian Short Film Festival 2019, organized by Federation of Film Societies of India.
• Best Documentary (2nd Prize) : 5th Smita Patil Intl. Film Festival, 2017.
o In-between Days /58 min.(2012)
Password : duidhurani12
Producer: RAI TV, Italy and Moromiya Pictures, India.
• World Premiere – CPH:DOX 2012, Copenhagen, Denmark (Competition)
• DocPoint Helsinki 2013, Finland.
• Documentarist 2013, Istanbul, Turkey.
• Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Japan 2013 (New Asian Currents).
• Astra Film Festival, Romania 2013 (International Competition).
• Dhaka International Documentary & Short Film Festival 2013.
• ‘Out On Screen’ Vancouver Queer Film Festival 2013.
• MiradasDoc 2013, Spain (Competition for First Film).
• International Documentary & Short Film Festival, Kerala 2013.
• ‘Kashish’ Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2013.
• ‘DIALOGUES’ 6th Kolkata LGBT Film Festival 2012.
• Bangalore Queer Film Festival 201.3
• Vikalp, Mumbai.
• ‘Shehernama’ – City/Film Festival.
• ‘NULSAR’ Film Fest, Hyderabad 2013.
• Seattle South Asian Film Festival 2014.
• Broadcasted in RAI TV, Italy.
• Broadcasted in NDTV 24X7, India.
• Broadcasted in VPRO, The Netherlands.
• Broadcasted in YLE Digital, Finland.
• ‘Best Documentary’ Award : 20th Kolkata International Film Festival 2014.
o The Wind In The Maruwa Field /52 min. (2015)
Producer: Films Division, India.
• Official Selection :
- Indian Panorama, IFFI 2016, Goa.
- 21st Kolkata International Film Festival.
o Longra/ 27 min. (2019)
• Navroze Contractor Award for Best Documentary Cinematography at the International Documentary & Short Film Festival, Kerala 2019.
• Documentary Competition :
- International Documentary & Short Film Festival, Kerala 2019.
o Playthings/ 57 min. (2012)
Director: Mrinmoy Nandi ;
Producer: Hope Foundations, India.
• Official Selection :
- Mexico International Film Festival, SilverPalm 2012.
- Kerala Documentary & Short Film Festival 2012.
o Atasi/ 58 min. (2018)
Director: Putul Mahmood.
Producer: Ratnaboli Ray, Anjali (A Mental Health Right Organization).
• Official Selection :
- Intl. Documentary and Short Film Festival, Kerala 2018.
Dignity and freedom remain elusive to the women of the Nat community and the ones who have been trafficked here in the red-light area of Forbesganj. Our film questions the very notion that the issue of trafficking has been addressed adequately by the law, or by every angle in the media. Our film asks, had it been so, then why do these women still suffer?
In Fatima’s words- ‘I have often seen them shedding tears silently...they could not even cry aloud.’
Our film tells the victims’ story from their perspective, in how they became entangled in this social and economic net against their will. With our unique access to Fatima, her family and her associates, we highlight and expose in a vernacular way, the realities of the sex trade in India.
Our film is also a witness to this saga of a strong woman’s quest for a dignified life while standing up, along with others, to a whole system that prefers to keep everything running the way it has been–thriving trafficking, based on an environment that removes any agency from girls and women.