Char... the No-Man's Island

Moddhikhane Char
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Bengali (subtitled in English, French, Spanish), 88 min, 2012, India

Meet Rubel, a fourteen-year-old boy smuggling rice from India to Bangladesh. He has to cross the river Ganga that acts 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. He dreams of going to his old school in India but reality forces him to smuggle stuff to Bangladesh. But he fights on while monsoon clouds arrive inviting the flood; the river swells up again. "Char may disappear, but we won’t," smiles the boy.

 
Producer:
Sourav Sarangi
 
Creative Crew
Camera:
Ajay Norohna, Minarul Mandal, Rabindranath Das, Sourav Sarangi
Editing:
Sourav Sarangi
Sound:
Dipankar Jojo Chaki, Sinichiro Ogata
Co-Producers: Stefano Tealdi, Signe Byrge Sørensen, Jon Jerstad
 
Awards and Screenings:

 
Golden Kapok Award (Best Direction), GZ DOC, China, 2012
Best Documentary Award, ChopShots, Indonesia, 2012
Special Mention, Dubai International Film Festival, UAE, 2012
Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus) National Film Award, India, 2012
Special Festival Mention - Jury, Bhopal International Film Festival, India, 2013
Golden Reel Award (Best Documentary), Tiburon International Film Festival, USA, 2013
Best Feature Documentary & Best Director, Award for Stylistic Achievement, Social Impact Media Award, (SIMA), USA, 2013
The Student Council Award, Environmental Film Festival, CINEMAMBIENTE, Torino, Italy, 2013
Best Cinematography Award, International Documentary & Short Film Festival, Kerala, India, 2013
Award for 2nd Best Documentary, Best Editor, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Design, Chaya – 13, National Short & Documentary Film Awards, Kerala, India, 2013
UNICEF Nepal Award, FSA Nepal, 2013
Best Visual Identity (photography / editing ), International TV Festival Bar, 2013
Best Feature Prize, El Ojo Cojo, Spain, 2013

Nominations:
CINEMA Fairbindet Award, Berlinale, Germany, 2013
TRT Documentary Award, Turkey, 2013
Award of Excellence, International Film Festival for Environment, Health and Culture, Indonesia, 2013

Screened at:
WP at Busan International Film Festival, South Korea 2012 (competition)
EP at Berlin International Film Festival, Forum, Germany 2013
International Film Festival of India, Goa 2012 Indian Panorama
GZDOC, Guangzhou Documentary Festival, China 2012 (competition)
CHOPSHOTS, Jakarta, Indonesia 2012 (competition)
Dubai International Film Festival, UAE 2012 (competition)
Worldfilm festival, Tartu, Estonia, 2013
Imagineindia, Barcelona, Spain 2013
SIGNS, Thiruvananthapuram, India, 2013
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Greece, 2013
Tiburon International Film Festival, USA, 2013
Sydney Film Festival, Australia, 2013
DOK.Fest, International film festival, Munich, Germany, 2013
BYOFF, Bring Your Own Film Festival, Puri, India, 2013
Bhopal International Film Festival, India, 2013
ETHNOCINECA, Ethnographic and Documentary Film Festival, Vienna, Austria, 2013
International Documentary Film Festival CRONOGRAF, Chisinau, Moldova, 2013
Millenium International Documentary Film Festival, Brussels, Belgium, 2013
Abu Dhabi Environmental Film Festival, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2013
Environmental Film Festival, CINEMAMBIENTE, Torino, Italy, 2013
Pärnu International Documentary & Anthropological Film Festival, Estonia, 2013
Chhaya – 13, National Short & Documentary Film Awards, Kerala, India, 2013
Ismailia International Film Festival for Documentary & Shorts, Egypt, 2013
International Documentary & Short Film Festival, Kerala, India, 2013
Ischia Film Festival, Italy, 2013
Moscow International Film Festival, Russia, 2013
Yerevan International Film Festival, Golden Apricot, Armenia, 2013
Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Japan, 2013
Topanga Film Festival, Topanga, 2013
24th Films from the South, Norway, 2013
Film SouthAsia, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2013
Silent River Film Festival, USA, 2013
CineMigrante IFF Buenos Aires Argentina 2013
ASTRA Film Festival Romania 2013
Festival International  Jean Rouch, CP, France, 2013
Black Movie Geneva Int. Film Festival Switzerland 2014
Cinema Planeta Mexico 2014
 
Official Website: http://www.char.org.in