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Poster of 'A Pair of Sandal' Collected
Bangladeshi filmmaker Josim Ahmed’s short film on the ongoing Rohingya crisis, “A Pair of Sandal,” will screen in the “Short Films Corner” at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.
This is Ahmed’s second time in a row at Cannes. Another one of his films, “Daag,” made it into the “Short Film Corner” at the 70th
Cannes Film Festival. The film eventually got picked up by Shorts TV, Direct TV and ATNT Network in the US.
Ahmed told Showtime that he is very happy that his film got selected for this section at the 71st
Cannes Film Festival and he is looking forward to revisiting the festival.
“What I’m looking forward to the most is to show the world how Rohingyas are suffering. We’re also searching for international distributors like we did last year,” he said.
The film, unfortunately, didn’t qualify as an official selection, as Cannes requires the screening there to be a world premiere as well and “A Pair of Sandal” had already screened at Naples Human Right Film Festival in Italy.
Ahmed, who also produced and edited the film, said he and his team were researching the living conditions of the existing Rohingya refugees for a feature film, when the current Exodus of refugees poured in.
“This short documentary happened by chance. We were travelling from Teknaf to the Shahpur border by boat when it suddenly started to rain. The pictures weren’t coming out clear. So, we decided to shoot videos with our phones,” he said. “At night, when we sat to edit the clips, we noticed a child waving a pair of sandals. Who was he waving at? It felt like he was sending a message to someone.”
He said, from the next day onwards, they started to shoot a documentary travelling near the borders with no prior preparation.
The film has also been selected for the 20th
Independent Days International Film Festival, Germany, where it’s competing in the best short and best low budget categories. Ahmed had previously won best director at Hak-Is Short Film Festival in Turkey for the same film.