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Bamboo Stories
Year:  2019
Running Time:  96 minutes
Country:  Bangladesh
Language:  Bengali with En
Genre:  Documentary
Venue:  Playhouse Theater [40 Main Street, Tiburon]
Showtime:   Friday, April 17, 2020 @ 04:00 PM
Director:  Shaheen Dill-Riaz

Description:
  Filmmaker Shaheen Dill-Riaz takes the audience into the harsh world of a handful of men, whose families have been cutting bamboo for generations. He accompanies them on a 300-kilometer journey down the Kushiyara river when they transport 25,000 logs on a huge raft to wholesalers in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka. It is a trip that lasts over a month and one which is full of perils, including the river rapids, thieves and pirates. The footage is breathtaking!

In the misty waters of the Kushiyara River in northeastern Bangladesh, alone raft drifts towards a distant port, setting the tone for this visually rich and intimate story. Tending to the ramshackle craft are Liakot, Nuru, Hussain, Shoheed, and Shiraz, a five-party crew tasked with transporting their cargo of 25,000 bamboo logs to a wholesaler almost three hundred miles downstream. From the river pirates who extort their limited savings to fierce summer storms that threaten to break apart their fragile vessel, the rafters face threats both natural and man-made in order to make ends meet.

Despite these dangers and meager pay, being on these perilous waters provides these men with a rare escape from the stresses of poverty, arranged marriages, and personal loss. With great sensitivity and exquisite cinematography, Bamboo Stories reveals how within these moments of respite, the men garner hope for a better future, even as the tides of modernization threaten to wash away their profession for good.

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