Bangladesh 50 Film Double Bill The Salt in our Waters and Shongram

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A double bill of acclaimed films from Bangladeshi directors

This event is rescheduled from Sunday 17 October. It takes place in the British Library Theatre.

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18.00 -19.30      The Salt in our Waters
19.55 – 21.45      Shongram

Both films are certificate 15.

The films are free to attend but capacity is limited, and entry may be restricted.

The Salt in our Waters
The global south has been hit the worst by climate change and Bangladesh is a perfect example of a country that has had severe weather disruption due to cyclonic storm surges and rising sea levels.

The Salt in our Waters, directed and produced by renowned Bangladeshi director Rezwan Shahriar Sumit, is a nuanced representation of a community being forced to set aside their small differences in face of the worldwide problem of global warming.

After his father passes away, a young sculptor named Rudro packs up and relocates to a secluded beach village. At first, the locals welcome him with open arms, but once the fishing shoals they depend on begin to disappear, the newcomer and his modern ideas are accused.

The movie had a world premiere at BFI’s London Film Festival, won NETPAC Best Film Award at the Kolkata International Film Festival and has been nominated for an Ingmar Bergman Award. 

Director: Rezwan Shahriar Sumit
106 mins, Certificate 15
Bangla with English subtitles
2020 Bangladesh / UK
In this powerful romantic drama set during the 1971 liberation struggle of Bangladesh, a London reporter interviews a British Bengali, Karim, on his deathbed, who, four decades on, is able to recall and finally share his past.

We are transported to 1971, when Bangladesh was still East Pakistan and a young Karim (a Muslim) is in love with Asha (a Hindu). Their peaceful village life is suddenly interrupted by war and Karim must grow up fast to survive in an era where mass killings and abduction was common. He must also carry out his duty to his people and seek revenge before he can finally search for Asha, who has gone missing.

Bangladesh’s stunning vistas are captured as never seen before and act as a counterpoint to the brutal horrors of war. Profound, potent and poignant, the emotional swoop of this mesmerising film will enthral, entertain and educate in equal measure.
Director: Munsur Ali
103 mins | Certificate: 15
Bangla with English subtitles
2014 Bangladesh / UK

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Name: Bangladesh 50 Film Double Bill The Salt in our Waters and Shongram
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546