Director: Rezwan Shahriar Sumit
Language: VOSE | VOSC
For his latest art installation, Rudro travels to a remote mangrove island in the delta of Bangladesh, a day’s journey by boat and a world away from modern, crowded Dhaka. He is welcomed by the local fishermen and their leader, as well as the village children and his landlord’s daughter, who likes his ideas and his sculptures. But when the local Ilish fishery proves precarious, the elders blame what they understand to be Rudro’s “idolatry.” In this vanishing land, where sea and sky merge, a storm and change brews.
Sumit was born and raised in Bangladesh’s bustling capital, Dhaka. City Life, his first short film, earned him a place at the Berlinale Talents in 2008. He then studied at New York University’s Graduate Film Program as a Tisch Fellow. There he produced Barbara Cigarroa’s acclaimed short film God Never Dies. His first feature film, The Salt in Our Waters, was selected to participate in the London BFI and Busan. Sumit’s second feature, A New Prophet, is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, IEFTA, Film Bazaar and Torino Film Lab.