“As a child, I had nobody”
If you do not know what kind of inhuman crisis is going on in the lives of Rohingya refugees, who fled to Bangladesh from their country, Myanmar, for survival, then you must watch the documentary, Lost and Found.
The National Geographic film documents Kamal Hussein, a Rohingya refugee who reunites parents with their lost children in Kutupalong camp in Bangladesh.
Kamal who came to Bangladesh around 27 years ago, was separated from his own parents as a small boy fleeing Myanmar in the 1990s.
Equipped with just a megaphone, Kamal has reunited over 784 children separated from their families.
Directed by Academy Award-winner Orlando von Einsiedel, each frame of the documentary looks like painting. Story-telling in the documentary is very consistent and follows a linear narrative. The background score of the beautifully made film also help the viewers indulge into the story.
The 21-minute documentary film portrays the pain of a child when they lose their parents. Brutality of the Myanmar army is articulated through the dialogues of the film.
Lost and Found was shot in 2017 as the Rohingya crisis unfolded in late August of 2017. Tens of thousands of refugees arrived in the Kutupalong area each day – on foot, exhausted and under driving monsoon rains.
Later, the film premiered at the 2019 Telluride Film Festival in the United States. The film is being released globally this year and was also digitally released on the official YouTube channel of National Geographic on November 15.
Kamal decided to step up and help after a woman approached him crying and asking for help finding her child.
“I thought for a while and then rented a microphone for the whole day,” he said, relaying a description of the child.
His amateur broadcasts worked. A couple of hours later, a man brought the child forward and his mission was born.
Subsequently, UNHCR and Handicap International gave him audio equipment and a booth in the heart of the camp to broadcast the names of separated children and urge parents to collect them.
The booth is now closed as aid agencies have stepped in to fill the role Hussein was playing and he now volunteers to continue supporting his community.
Kamal Hussein is a symbol of hope, humanity and bravery. Anybody who will watch the film, won't be able to hold back their tears. This documentary will also help restore our faith in humanity and good intentions.
Men like Kamal exist in this world who reminds us the world isn't such a bad place after all. Here, both good and evil coexist.