Ahmed Abid’s ‘The Dreaming Vendors’ (…Ebong Shaupno Jatree) in Film Southasia 2011

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Sep 10, 2011, 4:28:51 AM9/10/11
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‘The Dreaming Vendors’ […Ebong Shaupno Jatree, http://thedreamingvendorsfilm.com]
has been selected in the competitive section of the Film Southasia
(FSA) 2011, the eighth edition of the biennial festival of South Asian
documentaries (http://www.filmsouthasia.org). FSA is one of the most
well-known documentary film festivals in Asia. It is a recognition
Human Rights activist Ahmed Abid, the debut film maker who struggled
to make the film for three years (2007-2010), a PhD candidate of Human
Rights & Peace Studies based in Bangkok. The selection also indicates
the spirit of Bangladeshi rights oriented documentaries as of the 385
films from around the world FAS selected to screen only 35 films for
competition.

‘The Dreaming Vendors’, is a 50.30 minute documentary by Abid on the
issues of Bangladesh’s cross coastal trafficking, economic migration
and lack of human security and issues surround the Rohingya ethnic
vulnerable group. The Dreaming Vendors depicts an extra ordinary
horrific journey of Kamal and Fazlu, their sufferings and the struggle
for survival who only endeavored for a better life in the backdrop of
lack of human security.

The premiere of the film took place on November 11, 2010 at Foreign
Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT), Bangkok and Ambassador of
Bangladesh H.E. Mr. Kazi Imtiaz Hossain inaugurated the screening as
a special guest and panelist. Michael Miner, Regional Director,
Southeast Asia Regional Cooperation in Human Development (SEARCH-
CIDA), Phil Robertson, Deputy Director, Asia Division (Human Rights
Watch), Musarrat H. Chandan, Executive Producer and Film maker were
there on Q & A session as panelists. Around 200 registered guests were
present there from different UN bodies, renowned media personalities,
legal experts, member of different development agencies. Since the
premiere the film attracted the attention of human rights community,
scholars, students and film critics around the Asia region.
Especially it was appreciated in the Third Asia Pacific Consultation
on Refugee Rights (APCRR3) held in Bangkok at the Bangkok Rama Hotel
from 25 to 27 November 2010 which was attended by 117 participants
from 22 countries. It has been shown in Cambodia as well and becomes
part of academic study in different school in South East Asia.

Mr. Abid would like to take this film to the mass people of Bangladesh
and Asia who are subject and victims of trafficking and economic
migration. For the same purpose he needs support from international
and Bangladeshi Community at home and abroad. Mr. Abid is available
for interviews and questions by phone +66846719735 or on Skype:
ah.abid.

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Dewi R.
Coordinator,Communication, MMC
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