My Migrant Soul

Porobashi Mon Amar
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English (subtitled), 34 min, 2000, Bangladesh

'My Migrant Soul' is the story of Shahjahan Babu, a young migrant worker from Bangladesh who left for Malaysia in search of work. Having sold his only piece of property - and virtually mortgaging his life - the young man arrives in the host country to experience only disillusionment, misery and frustration. The film ends with tragic consequences for the protagonist of the film. 'My Migrant Soul' highlights the plight of the migrant worker in these times, and uses the story of one person to illustrate those of countless others who have suffered at the hands of those who stand to profit from bartering lives.

Yasmine Kabir
Creative Crew
Yasmine Kabir
Yasmine Kabir
Ratan Pal
Awards and Screenings:

Best Film Award, Film South Asia, Nepal, 2001
Netpac Award, Yamagata International Film festival, Japan, 2001
Silver Dhow Award, Zanzibar International Film Festival '2002
Award DocuMedh for the Best Human Rights Documentary Film, Tres Continentes Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina , 2002
Gold Award for Best Documentary, 36th New York Exposition, USA, 2002
Selected Screenings:
International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 2000
47th International Short Film Festival, Oberhausen, Germany, 2001
41st Cracow Film Festival, Poland, 2001
Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Japan, 2001
Film South Asia Festival, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2001
International Shortfilm Festival, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2001
15th Stuttgart Filmwinter, Germany, 2002
Zanzibar International Film Festival, Tanzania, 2002
Tres Continentes Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2002
8th Kolkata International Film Festival, India 2002
2nd National Video Festival, Barisal, Bangladesh 2001
7th International Shortfilm Festival, Chittagong, Bangladesh 2002
36th New York EXPO Film and Video Shorts, USA 2002
Make Trade Fair Film Festival, Hong Kong, 2002
Another World Film Festival, Hyderabad, India, 2003
South Asia Human Rights Film Festival, New York, 2003
Women with a Vision Film Festival, Minneapolis, USA, 2002
World Social Forum Film Festival, Mumbai, India, 2004
International Federation of Film Societies Festival, Pizzo, Italy, 2004