CHAR - THE NO-MAN'S ISLAND

Director:  Sourav Sarangi

The two young boys Rubel and Sofikul were once neighbours, but erosion caused by the river Ganges swept their homes away. Now both of their families have made their new home on Char, a small island in the Ganges, on the border between India and Bangladesh.
 
Surrounded by the river on all sides, the landless nomads try to recover their settled lives from the past.



PRODUCTION FACTS

Director/Producer: Sourav Sarangi
Co-producers: Signe Byrge Sørensen, Stefano Tealdi, Jon Jerstad

Produced by Son Et Lumière (India)
Co-produced by Final Cut for Real, Stefilm (Italy), Cinema Oslo (Norway)

Versions: 100 min. & 52 min.

Year: 2012

AWARDS

Golden Kapok Award (best direction) GZDOC, China 2012
Best Documentary (international), CHOPSHOTS, Indonesia 2012
Best Documentary, Tiburon International Film Festival, USA, 2013
Best director, Best Documentary Film & Special jury prize winner, Social Impact Media Award (SIMA) USA, 2013
Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus) National Film Award, India, 2012
The Student Council Award, Environmental Film Festival CINEMAMBIENTE, Torino, Italy, 2013
Special Mention, DOK.fest Munich, Germany, 2013
Special Mention Award, DIFF, Dubai, UAE 2012
Special Festival Mention-Jury, Bhopal International Film Festival 2013
Best Cinematography, International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala, India, 2013
Best 2nd Documentary, Best Editor, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Design, Chaya-13, National Short and Documentary Film Awards, Thrissur, Kerala. India
UNICEF Nepal Award, FSA Nepal, 2013
Best Visual Identity (photography / editing ), Int. TV Festival Bar, 2013
Best of the Festival Award, CMS VATAVARAN, 2014
Best Feature Prize, EL OJO COJO, Spain, 2013
Special Mention, CineMigrante IFF Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2013
Award of Excellence International Film Festival for Environment, Health, and Culture, Indonesia, 2013
Cinema Planeta International Film Festival, Mexico, 2014
Best Feature Documentary, Jeevika Asia Livelihood Documentary Festival, India, 2014
Golden award,11th IDPA-Indian Documentary Producers Association, India, 2014
Best Film Award, 2nd International Documentary Festival of Ierapetra, Greece, 2015

Nominations
CINEMA Fairbindet Award, Berlinale, Germany, 2013
TRT Documentary Award, Turkey, 2013

Festivals

WP at Busan International Film Festival, South Korea, 2012 (competition)
EP at Berlin International Film Festival, Forum, Germany, 2013
International Film Festival of India, Goa, 2012 (Indian Panorama)
GZDOC, Guanzhou Documentary Festival, China, 2012 (competition)
CHOPSHOTS, Jakarta, Indonesia, 2012 (competition)
Dubai International Film Festival, UAE, 2012 (competition)
Worldfilm festival, Tartu, Estonia, 2013
Imagineindia, Barcelona, Spain, 2013
SIGNS, Kerala, India, 2013
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Greece, 2013
Tiburon International Film Festival, USA, 2013
Sydney film festival, Australia, 2013
DOK.fest, International film festival, munich, Germany, 2013
BYOFF, Bring Your Own Film Festival, puri, India, 2013
ETHNOCINECA, Ethnographic and Documentary Filmfest Vienna, Austria, 2013
Abu Dhabi International Environmental Film Festival, 2013
Bhopal International Film Festival, India, 2013
International Documentary Film Festival CRONOGRAF, Moldova, 2013
Millenium IFF Festival, Belgium, 2013 (competition)
Int. Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala, India, 2013
Environmental Film Festival CINEMAMBIENTE, Torino,Italy, 2013
Ismailia IFF For Documentaries and shorts 2013
Chaya-13, National Short and Documentary Film Awards, Thrissur, Kerala. India.
Moscow International Film Festival, Russia, 2013
Ischia Film Festival, Italy, 2013
Films from the South, Norway, 2013
Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Japan, 2013
Topanga Film Festival, Topanga, 2013
Pärnu Int. Doc. & Anthropological Film Festival, Estonia, 2013
Yerevan International Film Festival, Golden Apricot, Armenia, 2013
Film SouthAsia, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2013
Silent River Film Festival, USA, 2013
CineMigrante IFF Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2013
ASTRA Film Festival, Romania, 2013
Festival International Jean Rouch, CP, France, 2013
CMS VATAVARAN Environment and Wildlife Film Festival, 2014
Black Movie, Geneva International Film Festival, Switzerland, 2014
Cinema Planeta International Film Festival, Mexico, 2014
Champ-Contrechamp-Festival de Lasalle en Cevennes, France, 2014
BOZCAADA International Festival of Ecological Documentary, Istanbul, Turkey, 2014
Festival International du Film de La Rochelle, France, 2014
Brave Festival Film, Poland, 2014
Minsk International Film Festival, Republic of Belarus, 2014
11th Jeevika Asia Livelihood Documentary Festival, India, 2014
Small Town Film Fest, Gangtok, Sikkim, 2014
11th IDPA Awards for Excellence, India, 2014
International Documentary Festival of Ierapetra, Greece, 2015
THE WOODPECKER FILM FESTIVAL AND FORUM, New Delhi, India, 2015

 

Contact

General Inquiries

Tel: +91 9831 964093
E: souravsarangi(at)gmail.com
www.char.org.in

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