Catalogue Impact Days
De Farid Ahmad

Waiting for Winter

Borsha Seshey
Borsha Seshey
Image du film Waiting for Winter - FIFDH 2024

Arifa, 33 ans, s’est installée sur une digue au bord du fleuve Jamuna, contrainte par l’érosion qui sévit chaque été dans le nord du Bangladesh à se déloger. L’hiver arrive et de nouvelles îles réapparaissent. Pour survivre avec ses deux enfants, Akhtar (17 ans) et Jimi (15 ans), Arifa commence à travailler en tant que travailleuse journalière. Peu à peu, elle réalise que sa vie est contrôlée par les hommes de la société. Les producteurs de récoltes la forcent à travailler davantage et ne lui versent pas son salaire. Les voisins la taquinent parce qu’elle vit sans son mari. Les bateliers l’humilient lorsqu’elle monte sur le bateau. Arifa souhaite sortir de cette situation difficile. Elle devient ainsi la porte-parole d’autres femmes opprimées. Elle obtient un logement sûr dans le cadre d’un projet d’hébergement pour les sans-abris, victimes du climat. Arifa s’y installe avant que les inondations estivales ne frappent à nouveau la région de la rivière Jamuna. Pour la première fois de sa vie, elle se sent en sécurité.

Section : Impact Days
Pays : Bangladesh
Langue originale : bengali
Réalisation
Farid Ahmad (Bangladesh)
Production
Salma Sonia (Bangladesh)
Vincent Wang (France)
Noyakar Productions
House on Fire
Durée
90'’
Statut de production
En cours de production
Finalisé en
Décembre 2024
Impact Statement
We want to see an alternative support system initiated to protect displaced families who are affected by climate change and natural disasters, so that their families don't break down and women don't turn into single mothers. We want to see homeless women, especially single mothers, rehabilitated to government housing projects on an urgent basis. The safety of single mothers must be ensured by law so that they feel secure in their community. If a mother is vulnerable, her children will be vulnerable, too. We want to see this cycle of vulnerability stop. We also would like to see women engaging in socio-political activities so that they get connected. We would like to show the effects of climate change at personal and family levels. Thus, we would like to raise awareness and help formulate inclusive policies about climate change internationally.

I want to see a change in our climate policy, as climate displacement also causes family displacement. As their husbands leave them to escape responsibility, it is women and their children who become victims.
Impact Goals
  1. Rapid rehabilitation to permanent housing projects for displaced women living in flood-prone areas.
  2. Legal support and economic compensation for mothers whose husbands have been missing for over six months or got into another marriage.
  3. If the mother is vulnerable, the daughter is too. We want to advocate for policy to support these girls, so they can continue their education and early marriage can be stopped.
  4. Ensure the representation of women in local government initiatives such as housing projects and food-for-work programs.
  5. Raise awareness about climate change at international levels by depicting the effects at the personal and family levels.
Impact Strategy
  • Organise discussion programs in disaster-prone areas, partnering with local NGOs that work on climate change, women's empowerment and women's health.
  • Organise open discussions followed by film screenings in local mass gathering programs on remote islands, such as opera, folk fairs, and musical programs.
  • Organise seminars in respective university departments, such as women and gender studies, development studies, and disaster management, and invite policymakers.
  • Design a website where public opinions (on social security, safety, gender discrimination, etc.) will be published. We will record public opinion during screening and discussion programs. We will also do social media campaigns.
Contact
Contact principal
Farid Ahmad (Bangladesh): noyakar.info@gmail.com

Funders and agencies
Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum
La Scam
Sundance Institute Documentary Film Programme

Others
American Film Showcase Documentary Film Programme
Berlinale Talents Doc Stations
Open Doors Locarno

Funders and agencies
Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum
La Scam
Sundance Institute Documentary Film Programme

Others
American Film Showcase Documentary Film Programme
Berlinale Talents Doc Stations
Open Doors Locarno