The enormous power of the Ganges erodes national borders, villages and the lives of men. Two young boys, Rubel and Sofikul were neighbours before the river Ganges swept their homes away. Now both of their families have made their new home on Char, a small island in the Ganges, - and smuggling is their only hope of survival.

Rubel a fourteen years old boy is smuggling rice from India to Bangladesh. He has to cross the river Ganga acting as the international border. The same river eroded his home in mainland India when he was just four. Years later a fragile island called Char was formed within the large river.

Rubel, with his family and many homeless people settled in this barren field controlled by the border police. With death just a bullet away Rubel dreams of a life in the city while hiding and walking with a sack of rice to reach another country. The sharp sound must not pierce through his body; not while his mother awaits him hearing bullets that took her husband away. But Rubel fights on while monsoon clouds arrive inviting the flood, the river swells up again. 'Char may disappear but we won’t, smiles the boy.

Production and distribution

Production Year:
2012
Co production country:
Denmark
Norway
Italy
Release date (international):
2012-12-09
Production company:
Son et Lumiere
Co production company:
Cinema Oslo
Final Cut for Real
Stefilm
Co producer:
Jon Jerstad
Signe Byrge Sørensen
Stefano Tealdi

Awards

2012:
Dubai International Film Festival
Special Jury Mention Award
2012:
Jakarta International Film Festival
Winner of the International Competition
2012:
Guangzhou International Documentary Festival
Golden Kapok Award

Festivals

2012:
Dubai International Film Festival
2012:
Jakarta International Film Festival
2012:
Guangzhou International Documentary Festival

Crew

Director:
Sourav Sarangi
Screenplay:
Sourav Sarangi
Cinematographer:
Sourav Sarangi
Rabindranath Das
Minarul Mondal

Technical information

Length in mins:
88'

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