Rural to Urban Migration in Bangladesh

Rural to urban migration is a phenomenon that has always been prevalent in our nation. The consistent and steady rise in this form of migration has also given leeway to a rise in centralization as the country’s major cities are being flooded by an influx of people from different divisions and districts. The focus of this project is to shed light on the adverse effects of this migration in Bangladesh and what could be the possible future if this continues to grow in the upcoming years. The documentary will highlight some of the ways in which this large-scale migration affects the population of Dhaka and Chittagong as well as the economy and infrastructure of the country’s major cities.

Rural to urban migration has always existed in our nation but has recently gained more momentum after the Coronavirus pandemic. The effects of this migration are not felt directly or immediately but rather over a longer period of time and with small but sharp hits for both the national economy and its people.

The purpose of this documentary is to remind and educate people on these effects and how they can lead to an overall decrease in the standard of living. The documentary also aims to showcase the urgent need for decentralization of human capital, resources and economic activities. Decentralization can lead to an overall spread and fair allocation of resources which can help reduce the need for rural to urban migration.

  • Sayed Minhaz Ahmed
  • Sayed Minhaz Ahmed
  • Sayed Minhaz Ahmed
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    18 minutes 27 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 1, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
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  • Language:
    Bengali, English
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Independent University Bangladesh
Director Biography - Sayed Minhaz Ahmed

Sayed Minhaz Ahmed is a aspiring filmmaker, writer, and cinematographer from Bangladesh, known for his contributions to independent cinema. After graduating with a Bachelor of Social Science (BSS) degree majoring in Digital Film from the University of Liberal Arts, Minhaz pursued a Master's degree in Film, specializing in cinematography. Throughout his academic journey, Minhaz's films gained recognition and were showcased at various film festivals locally, captivating audiences with their thought-provoking narratives and stunning visuals.

As an independent filmmaker, Minhaz thrives on the freedom and creative liberties it provides. His work focuses on shedding light on social issues, advocating for justice, equality, and compassion. Minhaz's storytelling approach, combined with his masterful cinematography, enables him to inspire and provoke audiences, encouraging them to reflect on the world around them.

Minhaz's collaborative nature and meticulous attention to detail have garnered him the respect and admiration of his peers. He excels in bringing together talented individuals who share his vision, ensuring each project is executed flawlessly from script to post-production.

With each endeavor, Minhaz pushes the boundaries of storytelling, aiming to make a lasting impact on both local and global cinema. His relentless pursuit of artistic excellence and commitment to telling meaningful stories have positioned him as one of Bangladesh's most influential filmmakers. Through his work, Minhaz seeks to inspire future generations to use their craft to challenge norms and create a more compassionate and inclusive world.

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Director Statement

I would like to thank the migrants who generously shared their stories and experiences with me. Without their willingness to share their personal experiences and insights, this film and paper would not have been possible. I would also like to thank the experts and policymakers who provided valuable insights and information about the complex issues surrounding rural urban migration in Bangladesh. Their knowledge and expertise greatly enhanced the depth and nuance of this film.