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Are You Listening


Bangladesh is densely populated and faced with devastating floods almost every year. Predictions suggest that climate change is only going to make the situation worse. So the population can do little else than learn to live with this apparent fact of life, and keep on rebuilding everything that is destroyed by the wind and water.
“Are You Listening” is a powerful visual narrative about that most fundamental human instinct – the will to survive, against all resistance and reason.

Running Time: 90/58 min.
Subject(s): Ecology, Environment, Economy, Globalization, Human Rights, Immigration and Migration, Labor, Society, Youth
Language(s): Bengali
Subtitles: English
Producer(s): Sara Afreen
Cinematographer: Kamar Ahmad Simon
Editor(s): Saikat Sekhareswar Ray


  • “A gorgeously shot observational documentary… Filming from an unusually low camera angle, he (the director) almost physically drags the viewer into a community”.

    International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam (IDFA)
  • Awarding the 'Golden Conch' the jury cited -
    "Careful, patient and respectful observation- bordering on meditation, almost – brings us closer to a certain struggle, ending in the triumph of solidarity and an affirmation of the unbreakable in human spirit. Moments of exquisite beauty punctuate the film as its long-term commitment to the people filmed affirms the extraordinary power of concerted labour, as well as the fragile lives of individuals with their daily joys and fears. Living on the outpost, as yet another natural assault threatens to engulf them, the world can ignore them at its own pril".
    Jury of the Mumbai International Film Festival
  • “A powerful visual narrative about that most fundamental human instinct – the will to survive, against all resistance and reason”.

    Matthias Heeder, Selection Committee, Dok-Leipzig

Festival Participation

  • Mumbai International Film Festival - 2013
    Best Feature Documentary and Best Cinematography
  • Film South Asia Kathmandu
    Jury Award
  • Festival de films documentaires de Lasalle
  • Millenium Documentary Film Festival
  • Yamataga International Documentary Film Festival
  • Golden Boll International Film Festival
  • Prishtina International Film Festival
  • Antenna Doc Fest
  • Dok Leipzig
  • DokFest Munich
  • IDFA Panorama
  • Cinéma du Réel
  • Erasmus Huis International Documentary Film Festival

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