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The Diary Of A Refugee - by Bishnu Dev Halder


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Duration/ Language
00:52:00 (hh:mm) ,  English
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Filmmaker/s Bio Note/s
A national award winning independent filmmaker based in Kolkata, Bishnu found his calling in filmmaking at the age of 13 while in his military boarding school. He completed his post graduate Diploma in Direction and Screenplay Writing from the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata. Ever since, he has been making documentaries, corporate films and ad films. His films have won accolades at various national and international film festivals, including the National Award. His documentary I was born in Delhi..., won a nomination at the prestigious International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam. Bishnu’s films have been supported by the Sundance Institute, British Council and NHK among others and telecast on NHK and National Geographic Channels.
Synopsis/ Description
The story of the filmmaker’s vanishing village and the uncertain life in it. Set up amidst wild jungle as a settlement for refugees from East Pakistan in 1949, the village became a busy industrial hub in the 1980s, bringing the villagers regular earnings and, thereby, uninterrupted meals. Today, 25 years after industrialisation, the village is about to be engulfed by the ever-expanding boundaries of the land-hungry industries. Having lived out of his village since childhood, the filmmaker documents the uncertain life in the village on his multiple visits over a period of five years through the life of his sister and her neighbours, who are being forced by various direct and indirect means by the alloy company in their backyard to sell off their homes and lands and relive the life of a refugee after six decades.
Significant Awards/ Screenings
  • CMS Vatavaran, Environment and Wildlife Film Festival and Forum, New Delhi
  • Mumbai International Film Festival

 (PSBT)Public Service Broadcasting Trust


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