Bamboo Stories Directed
Shaheen Dill-Riaz Bangladesh, Germany / 2019 / 96 minutes North American Premiere
In Bengali with subtitles
Times and Venues:
WOODSTOCK Bearsville Theater
RHINEBECK Upstate Films II
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Shaheen Dill-Riaz, Eckart Gadow
In the misty waters of the Kushiyara River in northeastern Bangladesh, a lone raft drifts towards a distant port, setting the tone for this visually rich and intimate story. Tending to the ramshackle craft are Liakot, Nuru, Hussain, Shoheed, and Shiraz, a five-party crew tasked with transporting their cargo of 25,000 bamboo logs to a wholesaler almost two hundred miles downstream. From the river pirates who extort their limited savings to fierce summer storms that threaten to break apart their fragile vessel, the rafters face threats both natural and man-made in order to make ends meet. Despite these dangers and meager pay, being on these perilous waters provides the men with a rare escape from the stresses of poverty, arranged marriages and personal loss. With great sensitivity and exquisite cinematography, Bamboo Stories reveals how within these moments of respite the men garner hope for a better future, even as the tides of modernization threaten to wash away their profession for good. — Avery Davenport
BIO: Shaheen Dill-Riaz was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh. After spending six years in a military boarding school, Shaheen ventured to join the Dhaka film industry at the age of 18. There he met the young film makers of the country and became involved in various short film productions. In 1992, Shaheen came to Berlin on a scholarship, where he first studied art history at the Freie Universität Berlin and then cinematography at the Filmuniversity Babelsberg. He is based both in Berlin and Dhaka, working as a director, producer and cinematographer in the European and Asian film industries.
Cast/Featuring: Nurul Islam, Mohammad Shoheedul, Mohammad Hossain, Mohammad Siraz,
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