Jole dobe na

Those Who Do Not Drown
In an empty hospital in Kolkata, India, a man faces protocols of blood, a subtly discriminatory office, and a vacant operating theater. His mind is on a loop of the last months of his wife’s life, when a quiet argument developed. When is the end of pharma-medical care, whose life is it anyway?
They were an estranged couple, thrown back into intimacy by an unknown illness. Even in a dreamworld of his making, the paranoia of infection is twinned with a hesitant intimacy. The film revisits themes from Mohaiemen’s earlier Tripoli Cancelled (2017): family unit as locus for pain-beauty dyads, abandoned buildings as staging ground for lost souls, and the necessity of small prevarications to keep on living. In Tripoli Cancelled, the boredom of daily life is punctuated by letters to an invisible wife, and endless readings of Richard Adams’s dark children’s book “Watership Down”. In Jole dobe na, a memory of final days is kept alive by the partner, and the book readings are from Syed Mujtaba Ali’s stories of Europe between the two wars.
by Naeem Mohaiemen
with Sagnik Mukherjee, Kheya Chattopadhyay, Trina Nileena Banerjee
India / USA / Japan / Sweden 2016 Bengali 64’ Colour


  • Sagnik Mukherjee (Jyoti)
  • Kheya Chattopadhyay (Sufiya)
  • Trina Nileena Banerjee (Voice of Sufiya)


Written and Directed by Naeem Mohaiemen
Cinematography Basab Mullik
Editing Naeem Mohaiemen, Chandan Biswas
Music Qasim Naqvi, Ali Sehir
Sound Design Sukanta Majumdar
Production Design Prithwiraj Majumdar
Casting Debleena Sen, Priyanka Dasgupta
Assistant Director Moinak Guho
Commissioned by Bildmuseet Umea, Sweden
Yokohama Triennale, Japan
Producer Naeem Mohaiemen

Produced by

Shobak Films

Naeem Mohaiemen

Naeem Mohaiemen combines essays, films, photography, and installations to research the idea of socialism, incomplete decolonization, shifting borders, and unreliable memory. He was a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow, 2018 Turner Prize finalist, and was shortlisted for the 2019 Herb Alpert Award. His films have been programmed at film festivals internationally. He is the author of “Midnight’s Third Child” (2020) and “Prisoners of Shothik Itihash” (2014). His work has been shown in solo exhibitions and biennales around the world and is housed in the permanent collections of Kiran Nadar Museum, Delhi, MoMA, New York and Tate Modern, London, among others. He has a PhD in Anthropology from Columbia University.


2004 Disappeared in America: Patriot Story; with Jawad Metni, 7 min. · Disappeared in America: Lingering Twenty; with Sehban Zaidi, 5 min. 2005 Disappeared in America: Fear of Flying; with Ajana Malhotra, 9 Min. 2006 Disappeared in America: Invisible Man; 5 min. 2009 SMS Iran (After Gilles Peress); with Mary Walling Blackburn, 9 min. · Nayak (Lost Hero of History); 6 min. 2011 Der Weisse Engel; 8 min. 2012 White Teeth (Your Mysterious Neighbors); 4 min. · United Red Army (The Young Man Was, Part 1); 70 min. 2013 Rankin Street, 1953; 7 min. · Sharjah Barbershop 2014 Afsan’s Long Day (The Young Man Was, Part 2); 40 min. 2015 Last Man in Dhaka Central (The Young Man Was, Part 3); 82 min. 2016 Abu Ammar is Coming; 6 min., Forum Expanded 2016 · The Company Fatah; 7 min. 2017 Century's Container · Tripoli Cancelled; 93 min. · Two Meetings and a Funeral; Video installation, 88 min. 2020 Jole dobe na (Those Who Do Not Drown)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2022