For his latest art installation, Rudro journeys to a remote mangrove isle on the Bangladeshi Delta, a day's boat ride and a world away from modern, crowded Dhaka. Welcomed by the local fishermen and their leader Chairman, Rudro's modern ideas and lifelike sculptures enchant the village boys and his landlord's daughter. But when the local Ilish catch proves elusive, the elders blame Rudro’s “idolatry” for the curse of empty nets. In this vanishing land where sea and sky merge, a storm is brewing and change – welcome or not – is coming.
Rezwan Shahriar Sumit
(Dhaka, Bangladesh) made his debut with City Life, which earned him a place at the Berlinale Talents in 2008. He went on to study at the Graduate Film Program of New York University as a Tisch Fellow. There he produced Barbara Cigarroa's short Dios Nunca Muere. The Salt in Our Waters is his first feature.
City Life (cm, 2008), Moon Fairy (cm, 2009), Raising Flames (cm, 2014), Remnants of Men (cm, 2016), Nonajoler Kabbo (The Salt In Our Waters, 2020).
“The film is also a classic clash‐of‐cultures tale where a stranger from the city is first welcomed, then misunderstood, and eventually ostracized by a rural community. My protagonist Rudro, a sculptor, believes he can honor a fishing community by creating sculptures that capture the raw beauty of the people and their traditions. He ends up finding himself in a conflicted relationship with the conservative local leaders. I see the fishing island of this film as a microcosm of Bangladesh, in unity as in division.”