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Char… the No Man’s Island


Meet Rubel, a fourteen year old boy 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. 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 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.


  • Outstanding human document placed against a setting of
    nature in its turbulent and stormy best
    - The Indian Express

Festival Participation

  • GZ DOC, China - 2012
    • Golden Kapok Award (Best Direction)
  • ChopShots, Indonesia - 2012
    • Best Documentary Award
  • Dubai International Film Festival, UAE - 2012
    Special Mention
  • National Film Award, India - 2012
    • Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus)
  • Bhopal International Film Festival, India - 2013
    • Special Festival Mention - Jury
  • Tiburon International Film Festival, USA - 2013
    • Golden Reel Award (Best Documentary)
  • Social Impact Media Award, (SIMA), USA - 2013
    • Best Feature Documentary & Best Director, Award for Stylistic Achievement
  • CINEMAMBIENTE, Torino, Italy - 2013
    • The Student Council Award, Environmental Film Festival
  • National Short & Documentary Film Awards, Kerala, India, - 2013
    • Award for 2nd Best Documentary, Best Editor, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Design
  • Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Greece - 2013
  • Tiburon International Film Festival, USA - 2013
  • Moscow International Film Festival, Russia - 2013
  • Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Japan - 2013
  • Sydney Film Festival, Australia - 2013
  • Silent River Film Festival, USA - 2013

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