DocuDock Screening Sep'2019

DocuDock means Documentary Dockyard. In a dockyard, vessels can be repaired or produced. Similarly, this documentary club will screen once in a month to understand modern documentary projects which will help us to learn the documentation process of difficult subjects.
We should participate together to practice documentary ideas. It is an open platform to discuss, repair or produce documentary projects.

For the month of September, below is the screening schedule.

Time: 6:30pm
Desperate Urbanization
By Rasel Chowdhury

As we celebrate 400 years of Dhaka City, the River Buriganga, that has played a vital role in its growth is fighting to survive. Today, it is being choked to death, extremely fragile and is unable to run its natural course. Insensitive people of Dhaka are killing the river.

Dhaka’s population is growing day by day. The Buriganga River is the one of the most popular way of commuting to other parts of the country and the river is used by millions every day to transport numerous goods. Various factories and industries are still being set up along the river. Chemicals discharged by tanneries, sewage and industrial waste are also dumped directly into Buriganga River. Nearly 700 brickfields on the riverside, dockyards and used engine oil from boats and steamers add to this pollution.

This 41 km long river that flows through Dhaka once blessed us with hopes and dreams of building a new city. But today, the city itself is the cause of death of Buriganga. We, the citizens of Dhaka, are destroying our own river.

I spent most of my life in and around it and have a close relationship with it. As a documentary photographer my role was to engage with my city and show the river and its rapidly changing landscape from every possible angle.


Rasel Chowdhury is a documentary photographer based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In 2012, he completed his graduation in photography from Pathshala, South Asian Media Academy. Having a special interest in social issues, Rasel produced several photo stories including Waiting for Own Land – the Tibetan refugees in Nepal, Desperate Urbanization- a dying river in Dhaka, Before the End- A tales of a dead city, Railway Longings- A journey to the roots etc.

Time: 7:00pm
Up the Yangtze
by Yung Chan

A luxurious cruise ship carries a group of predominantly Western tourists down the Yangtze River. On board, the well-trained Chinese staff offers a varied programme of food, drinks, and entertainment. Within the foreseeable future, the landscape that glides by will permanently disappear as a result of the construction of the gigantic Three Gorges Dam. This mega-project, presented asthesymbol of progress in modern China, will force two million people to move. Complete cities and villages will vanish under the steadily rising water, and although the government is helping to build new houses, hundreds of thousands of landowners have been duped. In the film, we watch them seek shelter higher on the banks of the constantly swelling river, their humble possessions in tow. Two stories of young people working on the cruise ship illustrate the contradictions of modern China. ‘Cindy’ Yu Shui really wants to go to university, but her parents cannot afford it. As poor farmers, they are quite literally up to their necks in the rising water. Dead on her feet, she washes the dishes in the galley while the handsome, English-speaking ‘Jerry’ Chen Bo Yu counts his tips.

Yung Chang

Yung Chang is the director of Up the Yangtze (2007), China Heavyweight (2012), and The Fruit Hunters (2012). He is currently completing a screenplay for his first dramatic feature, Eggplant and completing his latest feature documentary about Robert Fisk, the iconoclastic Middle East correspondent, co-produced by the National Film Board of Canada which will have its World Premiere at TIFF 2019. In 2015, Chang was selected to participate in the prestigious Sundance Labs for Eggplant. His latest, Gatekeeper, is on the festival circuit and streaming on Field of Vision, Laura Poitras’ curated online film unit.

Entry Fee: 30 tk
For Bistaar & Mastul members: 20 tk



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