Jobanbondi ( Testimony )

CHANDANA is a garments worker and central character of the JOBANBODI experimental short film. The Bengali word ‘Jobanbondi’ refers to ‘testimony or statement’ of a person and group. In the film, Chandana, as a representative of unprivileged garments workers, says the stories of working class women. The story highlights the rights, views and realities of the marginalized, less-educated and simple minded girls who generally come from rural area.

CHANDANA says her story with deep, heart-touching words which generally she can not say openly in the society for their socio-economic position. To express the voice of voiceless and social status, the character does not speak. She just goes on with her acting in salient mode like a ‘Dumb’. CHANDANA says about the exploitation, injustice, maltreatment, lifestyle, love, desire and hope for good life of garments workers who come in the city with a view to leading a poverty-free life.

Monochromic black and white visuals have been used in the short film to express the common reality by overcoming the ‘time and space’. The dark ash background of the film symbolizes the unwanted sorrowful reality. In the film only one-time color visual has been used to express the dream of the girl to wear own made dress, which they never can do but should. The modest dull background music expresses the poverty-stricken life, helpless crude reality, simple mind of the character and inner language of the story.

The storytelling in the JOBANBONDI has been used with an experimental style by mixing the aspects of traditional narrative documentary and feature film. The audience may get chance to discover the inner message of the film in own way more deeply.

  • Shahjahan Siraj
  • Shahjahan Siraj
  • Machizo Multimedia Communication
  • Chandana Sharma
    Key Cast
  • Jahangir Alam
  • Bappi Khan
  • Rifat Nobel
    Background Music
  • Kazi Nasir Mamun
  • Wahed Nur
    Production Associate & Makeup
  • Milon
    Production Associate & Makeup
  • opper/ Studio F8
    Studio & Sport Suport
  • Shushanto Mojumdar
    Studio & Sport Suport
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 54 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 10, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    Bengali, English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital (HD)
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Distribution Information
  • Machizo Multimedia Communication
    Country: Bangladesh
    Rights: Video on Demand, Theatrical, Video / Disc
Director Biography - Shahjahan Siraj

Shahjahan Siraj is a film director and multimedia designer from Bangladesh based in Japan. He born in 1971 in Mymensingh, Bangladesh; Master of Science from Jahangirnagar University in 1995. He made the first documentary film, ‘Durbin Shah’ on 2003. He loves to produce video, documentary and the short film on human rights and development issues for common good. He has received a number of international awards including Stockholm Challenge, ISIF and PANAP.

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Director Statement

I would like to contribute to ultimate goals, the human rights development process by making documentary and film. Mine believe, the world is like a family. If we can practice family values and love on the global scale, many social problems will solve easily. As still in the world majority people are unprivileged, poor as well as voiceless. I would like to say their story in my work widely and deeply to inspire the audience in love, unity, and goodness.