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Stranded In The City

A construction-site day labor came to a new city with his only earning resource, a spade; and someone stole it while he was sleeping. When he failed to buy a new spade even after begging in the unknown city, then he took the opportunity of stealing someone else’s spade.

Hashem is one among the thousands of impoverished villagers who comes to the city in search of a better living condition. A spade was the only capital he has, to earn money in the city. He might have his family living in the village. He might have the dream to feed that family so that they can survive. Hashem works on a construction site as day labor. He doesn’t have a specific shelter in this city full of colorful peoples. When the city life slows down with the increasing darkness of the night, Hashem have to sleep in whatever place he manages to get in the sidewalk. One fine morning he woke up and realized that he has lost the only resource he had for earning money. Someone might have stolen the spade. Hashem was so spellbound. he couldn’t realize what to do. The construction site where he used to dig soil doesn’t recruit him anymore without his spade. Foreman asked Hashem if he could work without his spade. As the construction work won’t be possible without the spade, Hashem burst into tears. So he decides to buy a spade and rejoin his work and for that he won’t even hesitate to beg for the money. When he was seeking people for help, some gave him money, and some was burlesquing him and some people accused him as a fraud after listening to his entire story. Some people was helping him a bit in exchange of other works. After an entire day Hashem managed to collect some money but when he went to the store he discovers those weren’t sufficient to buy a new spade. Hashem was walking absent-minded with a lot of frustration. He was confused whether he should return home or to be a permanent beggar in this city. The city crowd was disappearing when the night gets darker. Hashem was walking helplessly on the empty sidewalk. In the meantime, he saw a man just like him was sleeping on the sidewalk. There was a spade beside him. Hashem stopped in confusion. There is a golden opportunity for him on one side and definite ruin of someone’s life on the other side. Hashem overcame all his confusion and stole the spade. But he left his entire earning of the day beside that sleeping man.

  • Subrata Paul
  • Mehrab Jahid
  • Cinemaya
  • Methun Karmaker
  • Rubayat Hassan
  • Sanjib Deb Nath
    Chief Assistant Director
  • Fazlul Haque Nayan
    Music & Sound Design
  • Raunak Ripon
    Key Cast
  • Shahriar Waheed
    Key Cast
  • Dipu Protap
    Key Cast
    "Car Owner"
  • Kunal Samaddar
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    এই শহরে
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    24 minutes 32 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 12, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    1,800 USD
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  • Student Project:
  • 9th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival-19
    Delhi Ncr
    April 30, 2019
    India Premiere
    Best Actor
  • Bengaluru International Short Film Festival'19
    August 18, 2019
    Non-Competition Section
Distribution Information
  • Subrata Paul
    Country: Bangladesh
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Subrata Paul

Director, writer, producer Subrata Paul, born Mymensingh, Bangladesh, graduated from the Faculty of Film & Media, Stamford University Bangladesh in 2018. He is the founder and owner of a production company named Cinemaya. With the immense passion of film making, he directed and produced his own graduation film "Stranded In The City." He also got a government grant to make a film named "Chayajoddha (ছায়াযোদ্ধা)" in the fiscal year 2016-2017 from the Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh through Ministry of Information.

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Director Statement

Being in love with film, I enrolled into Stamford University Bangladesh to learn film making. I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree in 2018 from there, and "Stranded In The City" was my graduation film, produced by my production company Cinemaya. So you can say this film both student film and independent film.