Bamboo Stories

Dokus
Independent
| 97 min
Bengali
| German

The ancient craft of rafting is still very much alive in Bangladesh, but mosquitoes, leeches, elephants and pirates make this work dangerous. Shaheen Dill-Riaz follows the five-member crew as they cut bamboo trees and tie together a raft from 24,000 logs. He follows them as they make a 300-kilometer journey by foot to Dhaka. They talk about their motivations for pursuing such a strenuous and dangerous job, and why their children will probably have to take up different profession. "The film accurately depicts the precarious situation of the men, but refrains from romantizing their traditions. The film gives its subjects space and dignity by showing the joy they have in their work." (filmdienst.de)