12th International Children's Film Festival Bangladesh 2019

Unless the water is safer than the land

Musmos na sumibol sa gubat ng digma (Filipino)

Philippines | 95 min | Drama | 2018 | Feature Film (Live Action)

This film tells the story of a young Muslim girl, Eshal who escapes the life-threatening backlash of Rido, or inter-familial dispute. After losing her parents, Eshal is left to care for her baby sibling and must conceal her true identity if she is to stay alive. Along the way, she encounters a young boy who’s escaped the violent age-old culture and they develop some sort of a bond. Their low-key struggle for survival will take on a different turn as they soon realize the truths behind their demise.

ইশাল নামের এক ছোট্ট মুসলিম মেয়ের গল্প নিয়ে এই ছবি। ইশাল, যে কিনা এমন একটি পারিবারিক কলহ থেকে বেঁচে ফিরে যা তার জীবনকে হুমকির মুখে ফেলে দিয়েছিল। মা-বাবাকে হারানোর পর, ইশালকে তার ছোট ভাইবোনদের দেখাশোনা করতে হতো এবং বেঁচে থাকতে হলে তার প্রকৃত পরিচয় লুকিয়ে রাখতে হয়। চলতি পথে একটা কমবয়েসী ছেলের সাথে ইশালের পরিচয় হয়। ছেলেটিও এই ভয়ংকর কুসংস্কার থেকে বেঁচে ফিরেছে এবং তাদের দুইজনের মধ্যে খুব দ্রুতই বন্ধুত্ব তৈরী হয়। তাদের এই জীবন সংগ্রাম একসময় ভিন্ন রুপে আবির্ভাব হবে যেখানে তারা মৃত্যুর ছায়া দেখতে পায়।

Si Eshal ay labindalawang taong gulang, babaeng anak ng isang magsasaka na nagngangalang Hamdan (ama) at ng nagdadalang tao na si Manahil (ina). Biyernes ng gabi ng sugurin sila ng pamilyang matagal nang ka-rido ng kanilang angkan. Magigising si Hamdan sa makapal na usok na bumabalot sa kanilang silid. Agad na gigisingin ni Hamdan ang anak at ang asawa upang tumakas at umiwas sa gulo, ngunit makapal na ang apoy na gumapang na sa kanilang pananim na palay. Walang ibang madaanan, ay tatawirin nila Hamdan ang putikan sa gitna ng nagliliyab na palayan upang marating ang ilog kung saan naroroon ang bangka. Sasakay ang mag-ina sa bangka at magpapa-iwan si Hamdan. Bago ipaanod ang bangka sa ilog ay hihingi ng kasiguraduhan si Manahil na susunod si Hamdan bago iluwal ang pangalawa nilang anak. Walang kasiguraduhan ang sagot ni Hamdan ngunit bibilinan ang anak na si Eshal na alagaan ang ina kung sakaling hindi na siya makabalik.


Screening Schedule

  • 4 Mar
    02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

    Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy

    Shegunbagicha

  • 7 Mar
    04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

    Shawkat Osman Hall

    Central Public Library, Shahbag

Credits and Casts

Director
Iar Lionel Benjamin Arondaing
Story
Iar Lionel Benjamin Arondaing
Script/Screenplay
Iar Lionel Benjamin Arondaing
Editor
Regina Aceron, Cj Villa
Producer
Cinemalaya, ICY MARINAS Executive Producers MINDA PONCE-RODRIGUEZ, VIAN SERRANILA, ARLENE SY
Cinematographer
Mark Joseph Cosico
Leading Casts
Junyka Sigrid Santarin, Jm Salvado, Star Orjaliza, Jun Salvado Jr., Romerico Jangad, Darril Ampongan, Haide Movero