"Amar Thikana (My Address)" is a poignant short film that delves into the life of an underprivileged child growing up in a slum with his mentally challenged mother. Khoka grapples with the absence of knowledge about his father, and the challenges of having a mentally disabled mother. His family's history is intertwined with the painful memories of the 1971 Liberation War in Bangladesh, as his grandmother was a victim of torture by the Pakistani Army during that tumultuous period.
As Khoka navigates the complex terrain of his identity, he must also confront the harsh reality of bullying and discrimination due to his uncertain lineage. However, a turning point arrives when Khoka learns about the Father of the Nation of Bangladesh, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Inspired by this iconic figure, Khoka embarks on a journey to claim his own identity and heritage, determined to overcome the adversities that have defined his life. "Amar Thikana (My Address)" is a compelling narrative of resilience and self-discovery in the face of adversity.
Samiul Alam ShopnoDirector
DhruboKey Cast"The Boy"
Kazi RajuKey Cast"The Neighbor"
Project Type:Short, Television, Web / New Media
Runtime:7 minutes 6 seconds
Completion Date:January 10, 2020
Country of Origin:Bangladesh
Country of Filming:Bangladesh
Shooting Format:2K HD
Student Project:Yes - Dhamrai Technical School
Samiul Alam, affectionately known as Shopno, was born on December 7, 2001, and has emerged as a prodigious talent in the world of cinema. His multifaceted career includes roles as an award-winning filmmaker, scriptwriter, and editor. Shopno's journey in the film industry has been intrinsically tied to the visionary filmmaker Ashraf Shishir, and his extensive filmography showcases his versatility across various cinematic domains.
In the realm of film editing, Shopno's expertise has been instrumental in shaping multiple projects. Notably, he contributed his editing skills to Ashraf Shishir's debut feature film, "THE INNOCENCE" (Amra Ekta Cinema Banabo). This remarkable cinematic creation earned recognition as the longest fiction feature film in the annals of world cinema, requiring an astonishing 200 days of shooting over a decade and involving the collaborative efforts of over 4000 artists and crew members. "THE INNOCENCE" garnered accolades at 15 international film festivals spanning 11 countries, underlining Shopno's prowess as an editor.
Shopno's cinematic journey extends beyond editing, as he ventured into the realm of acting. His role in Shishir's second feature film, "THE CART" (Gaariwala), exemplified not only his acting abilities but also his contributions to the film's creative process. Released in 2015, the film received a prestigious grant from the government of Bangladesh and established a presence on the international stage, with selections at over 100 international film festivals across 33 countries. Shopno's performance in "THE CART" was adorned with 26 international awards, hailing from countries such as India, Chile, Italy, Spain, and the USA, in addition to the prestigious National Film Award.
Shopno's involvement in the film industry extends to the realm of film editing, where he served as an assistant editor for "THE INNER SOUND" (Gopon), the third feature film by Ashraf Shishir. This film garnered international acclaim, securing awards from Russia and India and earning selections at more than 25 international film festivals across 18 countries. As "THE INNER SOUND" eagerly awaits its global release, Shopno's contributions as an assistant editor continue to leave an indelible mark on the film's success.
Another remarkable project where Shopno lent his editing expertise as an assistant editor is "THE UNSUNG" (Judhdhata Chilo Shadhinotar), a mid-length feature film directed by Ashraf Shishir. This film has graced the screens of over 17 international film festivals to date, including the esteemed Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019. Shopno's diligent work in this venture showcases his dedication to the art of filmmaking.
Shopno's journey in the film industry is an evolving one, and he is currently engaged in the post-production stages of a short film titled "THE F.I.F.O" and a feature film titled "THE UNPARALLELED" (Adwaita), both of which are poised for release. As an integral part of these projects, Shopno continues to contribute his skills and creativity to the ever-evolving world of cinema.
In addition to his involvement in feature films, Shopno's talent extends to the realm of documentaries, notably his role as an editor in "THE CAGE-BIRD" in 2012. This documentary has graced the screens of 16 international film festivals across 12 countries, earning recognition from the United States. Furthermore, his directorial prowess extends to television commercials and music videos, including collaborations with the popular Bangladeshi band "Shironamhin," whose music videos have garnered millions of views on YouTube.
One of the significant milestones in Shopno's cinematic journey is his involvement as an assistant editor in Ashraf Shishir's social advertisement titled "THE AGED." This poignant work reached the finals of an event organized by the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2018 and received top honors in two categories at the 15th Hero International Film Festival in California, USA.
Shopno's versatile contributions to the world of cinema extend to the role of a director. Notably, he directed the short film titled "MY ADDRESS (Amar Thikana)," which received the Best Film award from the Ministry of ICT of Bangladesh in 2022. This recognition is a testament to his directorial acumen and creative vision.
In the international arena, Shopno's collaboration with Ashraf Shishir expanded to encompass scriptwriting and direction for "A BILLION TO ONE" (2017-18), an international TV and web series produced by CollabFeature, an award-winning USA-based company comprising a global team of filmmakers and creators.
Looking to the future, Shopno plays a pivotal role as an editor, colorist, and VFX artist in Ashraf Shishir's upcoming historical feature film, "570." This film, scripted and directed by Shishir, delves into the life of the Father of the Nation of Bangladesh, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Anticipation runs high for this compelling cinematic creation.
Most recently, Shopno contributed his talents to the telefilm "Oh Cricket!" aired on Channel I, a pioneering television station in Bangladesh. This telefilm, written and directed by Ashraf Shishir, showcases the dynamic range of Shopno's abilities in the ever-evolving world of cinema. Shopno's cinematic journey is marked by versatility, creativity, and a profound commitment to the art of storytelling, making him a prominent figure in the world of Bangladeshi cinema.
"Amar Thikana (My Address)" is a project that holds a special place in my heart, a film that aims to shed light on the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity and the importance of self-discovery. The story revolves around Khoka, an underprivileged child living in a slum with his mentally challenged mother, and his pursuit of identity in a world rife with uncertainty.
As a filmmaker, my intention with this narrative was to explore the depths of human emotion and the profound impact of one's family history. Khoka's struggle, born from the absence of knowledge about his father and the challenges posed by his mother's mental disability, is a reflection of the countless individuals facing similar adversities.
The backdrop of the 1971 Liberation War in Bangladesh, a pivotal period in our nation's history, further adds to the weight of the narrative. Khoka's family has a direct connection to this tumultuous time, with his grandmother enduring torture by the Pakistani Army. This historical context not only shapes the characters but also serves as a reminder of the strength of those who have endured hardship.
Bullying and discrimination, themes that are unfortunately prevalent in today's world, are also significant elements of Khoka's journey. Through his experiences, we witness the harsh realities that individuals with uncertain lineages often face. It is my hope that this film can raise awareness about such issues and encourage empathy and understanding.
The heart of the film lies in Khoka's discovery of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the Father of the Nation of Bangladesh. Inspired by this iconic figure, Khoka embarks on a quest to claim his own identity and heritage. This narrative serves as a testament to the transformative power of inspiration and the resilience of the human spirit.
In "Amar Thikana (My Address)," we endeavor to tell a story that not only resonates with our audience but also prompts reflection and dialogue. It is a story of empowerment, of overcoming adversity, and ultimately, finding one's place in the world. It is my sincere hope that this film will touch hearts and minds, inspiring viewers to embrace their own journeys of self-discovery and appreciate the diversity of human experiences.