Berlinale

Iron Stream (Shikolbaha)

Synopsis
On the 60th anniversary of Hiroshima, Bijoy (31) gives a tantalizing “Sarod” performance in a trendy Kolkata Café. After the sudden death of his mother, he finds himself locked in the realm of her memories. His younger brother, the only breadwinner in the family, takes away the small jewelry box she left behind. In his solitary confinement in their Kolkata suburban house, Bijoy finds the other box full of her old letters and photo. For the first time Bijoy learns about his grandfather, the village where he was born and of “Shikolbaha”, the river of her childhood she yearned to return to! It’s been long since father and son had stopped talking, the brother brands him as “spoilt” and suggests selling the house. Yet against their will, Bijoy takes her ashes and boards a train for the border, for a land they left 17 years ago!

Director’s note
It was in 2005 and it all started with a friend calling me from a foreign land. His mother had just passed away; he wished to bring her ashes back. His last words echoed in my ears for years until I wrote the first draft in 2011. In the years that followed I wrote different versions of the script, still I could feel that there was something missing, something that was holding back the whole narrative. In my previous drafts, unconsciously I had been very aware of hiding myself in it. But the more I explored, the better I realized that this story without “me”, the storyteller, in it would be incomplete.

Bangladesh
Director: Kamar Ahmad Simon
Producers: Beginning Production (Bangladesh), Weydemann Bros (Germany)
German WCF partner: Weydemann Bros
World sales: tbc

Funded in the WCF jury meeting in July 2017
Funding amount: 40.000 €