Wandering, a Rohingya story

By | 5 November 2018

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Feature Lenght Documentary / Expected release in 2020

SYNOPSIS

Within a few months, Kutupalong refugee camp has become the biggest in the world. Out of sight, 700,000 people of the Rohingya Muslim minority fled Myanmar (formerly Burma) in 2017 to escape genocide and seek asylum in Bangladesh. Prisoners of a major yet little publicized humanitarian crisis, Kalam, Mohammad, Montas and other exiles want to make their voice heard. Between poetry and nightmares, food distribution and soccer games, they testify to their daily realities and the ghosts of their past memories. Around them, the specter of wandering, waiting, disappearing. In this place, almost out of space and time, is it still possible to exist?

 

© Renaud Philippe

IN CONTEXT

As a Muslim minority in Burma (now Myanmar), the Rohingya have been persecuted for decades. However, it is only in 2017 that the fate of this people has been unveiled in the media. On August 25, 2017, Burmese security forces launched a massive military operation against the Rohingya people in Rakhine State, in the west of the country. In the days that followed, a tide of refugees landed in Bangladesh: up to 50,000 people in one day. Since then, several exiles report the horrors they have experienced in Burma: sexual violence, torture, burning of entire villages, killings of their family members…

 

© Renaud Philippe

In August 2018, two years after the beginning of the large-scale massacres, a United Nations (UN) commission of inquiry accused Burmese army leaders of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. To date, these atrocities have forced the exodus of more than 700,000 people to Bangladesh. In the south of the country, several refugee camps have been formed. Located in Cox’Bazar district, Kutupalong camp is the largest one, hosting more than 600,000 refugees. Moved by this major yet unrecognized humanitarian crisis, the team of MÖ FILMS took up the challenge to go there to collect testimonies of refugees and raise awareness about their fate. 

The film will be released in 2020. The issue of the Rohingya people will also be depicted in a multidisciplinary exhibition produced by MÖ Films and presented at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, from January 31, 2020 to January 24, 2021.

 

PARTNERS

The shooting of this film was made possible through a generous contribution of citizens during our social fundraising campaign on KissKissBankBank in May – June 2018. It is also supported in post-production by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts and the MELS funds.

 

Productors & Directors: Mélanie Carrier et Olivier Higgins
Poems: Abul Kalam
Narrative Texts: Abul Kalam, Mélanie Carrier et Olivier Higgins
Director of Photography: Renaud Philippe et Olivier Higgins
Sound Recording: Olivier Higgins et Abul Kalam
Editing: Amélie Labrèche et Olivier Higgins
Editing Advisor: Josiane Lapointe
Music: Martin Dumais
Translation: Arik Gifar, Mohammed Shofi, Rahima Begum
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