Title: In between
Genre: Short documentary film
Research & production: 2013-2015
Year of production: 2016
The vibrant city of Madrid holds stories of longing and belonging from Bangladeshi immigrants living there. Set against the culturally textured landscape of the city, the camera will find old memories, lost loves, and hope.
Director and cinematographer
– Honorable Mention: Athens International Film+Video Festival 2015, USA
– Middle Coast Film Festival 2015, USA
– Ethnographic Film Screening, 6th Congress of APA 2016, Portugal
– 14th International Short & Independent Film Festival Dhaka 2016, Bangladesh
– 9th International Guwahati Film Festival 2016, India
– 13th IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival 2017, India
– Best Post Production: North Carolina International South Asian Film Fest 2017, USA
– Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU 2017, USA
Titli recounts her experience of moving from Bangladesh to Madrid with dreams of love and better life. She has three kids now and sells products from back home in flea markets here while also running a shop set in her house. Titli got married over the telephone while she was in Bangladesh because her to-be husband was living illegally in Madrid. This is a common occurrence within the Bangladeshi community, where couples ‘arrange to marry’ over the telephone due to the long distance. Lots of women from Bangladesh move here only after getting married. Titli highlights the point of view of these women.
Sattar has been in Spain for eight years and he works at the airport. He lived alone in Madrid while his wife was in Bangladesh. He tells us about his eternal dream of attaining a Spanish passport so that he can be free to travel. He narrates his childhood dreams of living abroad. Sattar´s wife has recently arrived in Madrid and we would like to shoot more with him to follow this transition in his life.
Somon, the silent beer seller drive us on the night roads, telling his story through the curves and bends of the city lights.
He is silently taking us through the city and the loneliness of moving to these big cities.
He has arrived to Madrid recently and is still hoping to become legal someday.
Bobby left home when he was 20. He loves Madrid as he has spent a crucial 21 years in this city (half of his life). He has done a variety of odd jobs and lived many experiences in Spain. He is a singer and a philosopher and he articulates his philosophy through his songs in the film. Due to the economic crisis in Spain Bobby has chosen to move to London where he hopes for better opportunities. Currently he lives in London and we would like to document his life there as he is back to square one with this transition.