A documentary short film titled ‘A pair of Sandal’ from Bangladesh, directed by independent filmmaker Josim Ahmed, has been selected to compete at the Naples Human Rights Film Festival in Italy. The film festival is scheduled to be inaugurated on November 6 and continue till November 11.
Written by Farid Ahmed, the four-minute documentary short film expresses the destitute of the Rohingya refugees with its striking images. The footage of the film was shot on an iPhone. Sound engineer Ripon Nath has provided the background scores for the film.
The film delves into the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh. Rohingyas were raped, tortured and killed in their land. They have been crammed on boats and are besieged between countries that do not want them. They are among the most persecuted people in the world, who have gone to Bangladesh to save their lives. A fleeing Rohingya child showed a pair of sandals to those who did not want to see it. This also gave the film its title ‘A Pair of Sandal’. There are no voiceovers or interviews in the film.
Earlier this year, Josim Ahmed’s film ‘Daag’ debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in the short film section.
The Naples Human Rights Film Festival started in 2008 as an initiative of the Association ‘Cinema e Diritti’ with the aim of establishing a reference point for Human Rights debate in Southern Europe, opening up a dialogue among civil societies from the Middle East to North Africa and to Northern Europe and America.