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Birds Street

Original title: Kuch_e Parandeha

Directed by: Hezbullah Sultani

Produced by: Sahraa Karimi (Afghan Film, Afghanistan)

Country of production: Afghanistan

Runtime: 70'

Expected release: December, 2021

Production stage: First Rough Cut

Budget: €130,000 (60 % in place)

1st feature: Yes

Looking for: co-producers, gap financing, distributors, buyers

Synopsis:

Entering Kabul’s bird street is like stepping back in time a hundred years, to a corner of the city untouched by war or modernization. It is a narrow lane tucked away behind the an old Mosque, lined with stalls and booths selling birds by the dozen.
Afghanistan is a war zone country; but in this part of the city, there is a different life and people deliberately ignore the war.

Director’s profile:

Hezbullah Sultani is young filmmaker from Afghanistan, who studied filmmaking at Fine Art Faculty- Kabul University. He made several short films which won awards and he helped many European filmmakers to shoot their films inside Afghanistan.
BIRDS STREET is his first feature documentary which is in style of observational mode.

Producer’s profile:

Born in 1985, Sahraa Karimi is a film director, scriptwriter and producer. At the age of fifteen, she played as an actress in two Iranian films which brought her to study cinema in Slovakia and graduated with a PHD of directing. During these years, she has made more than 30 short fictions and documentaries, some of which won numerous awards in international film festivals.
After 10 years of making many shorts and documentaries, she returned to Kabul. She made two documentaries there which were successful internationally and were broadcasted through ARTE France and BBC. HAVA, MARYAM, AYESHA is her first feature film ( director and producer) which was shot entirely in Kabul and had its officially was selected and had its world premier at Venice Film festival. BIRDS STREET is her first feature documentary as a producer and co-editor of the film.

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Munni

Original title: Munni

Directed by: Tahrima Khan

Produced by: Abu Shahed Emon (Batayan Productions, Bangladesh)

Country of production: Bangladesh

Runtime: 90'

Expected release: January, 2022

Production stage: Late Production

Budget: $150,000 (44% in place)

1st feature: Yes

Looking for: Gap Financing, Strategic Guidance, Buyer, Sales Agent, Film Festivals

Synopsis:

Once a victim of child marriage, now became the protector for many girls, MUNNI, the founder of the all-girls Sports Academy, is curating future footballers and giving them the courage, hope, and aspiration to not only win a match but to save themselves from child marriage.

Director’s profile:

Tahrima Khan is a Filmmaker from Bangladesh and public health graduate from Tsinghua University, China. Her first documentary, COLOR OF WATER was funded by the British Council, and she was awarded as an International Climate Champion (ICC). Tahrima has worked i n several documentaries on the i ndigenous community of Bangladesh. Tahrima worked as casting director of JALAL’S STORY, Bangladesh entry to the Oscars i n 2015. Her two feature films as co-producer PAYER TOLAY MATI NAI and PATAL GHAR are i n post-production. Recently, Tahrima attended the Produire Au Sud workshop as a producer with a film project titled The CROWS. MUNNI is her first feature documentary in Dhaka Doc Lab 2020, selected by IEFTA’s showcasing award at DOK Leipzig. MUNNI also secured the DocEdge New Zealand pitching award.

Producer’s profile:

Abu Shahed Emon is a Psychology graduate from Dhaka University, pursued higher studies in Filmmaking in Australia (Sydney Film School-2009, RMIT University-2010) & South Korea (Korea National University of Arts-2016). His debut feature JALAL’S STORY traveled to more than 40 film festivals and received ten awards, and also was Bangladeshi Entry to the Oscars in 2015. His recently produced project titled SINCERELY YOURS, DHAKA brings 11 first-time short-filmmakers from Bangladesh, making it the First ever Bangladeshi anthology film project. The anthology had its world premiere at Busan International Film Festival, traveled to more than 40 international film festivals, and became the Bangladeshi Entry to the Oscars in 2020. Emon is currently busy producing around 10 feature films and developing his second feature A FOOLISH MAN.

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Thirteen Destinations of a Traveller

Original title: Thirteen Destinations of a Traveller

Directed by: Partha Das

Produced by: Mokhalesur Rahman Talukdar (Lenin), Soumya Mukhopadhyay

Country of production: Bangladesh, India

Runtime: 75'

Expected release: December, 2021

Production stage: Post production (editing)

Budget: €150,000 (50% in place)

1st feature: Yes

Looking for: Festivals, sales agents/ distributors, co-producers, gap finance, strategic guidance, impact producers.

Synopsis:

Story of two parallel journeys; one in which thousands of Sufi pilgrims march together over days and miles to proclaim unrequited love for humanity, enduring physical pain and in the other a disabled, marginal Muslim man in present India tries to transform his life fighting against physical economic and social challenges in search of love, compassion and elusive happiness.

Director’s profile:

Partha Das, born in 1987 in Kolkata, India, is an audio-visual artist working across different media ranging from films, performance and installation art. His works have been showcased across various art galleries and institutions including Lalit Kala, India; Alliance Française du Bengale; Modern Art Museum, Michigan; Cultural Institute of Portugal. THIRTEEN DESTINATIONS OF A TRAVELLER is his maiden documentary feature. He is working on this project for the past three years having spent a good three months on the road with the pilgrims and walked along with them from Delhi to Ajmer for three consecutive years in search of characters and stories.

Producer’s profile:

Mokhalesur Rahman Talukdar (Lenin) is an Independent Film Producer from Bangladesh. He has recently finished a feature film – MANUSHER BAGAAN (People of the Garden, 2020) and has a slate of documentaries and feature narratives, both short and long form in development or shoot. Lenin is a founding member of the Short Film Forum of Bangladesh and has attended various documentary Labs and International film festivals as Jury member or decision maker.

Soumya Mukhopadhyay is a film director, producer and a market researcher from India. He is the director of Cherrypix Movies; India’s leading production and post production house. His recent productions include GLOSSARY OF NONHUMAN LOVE, directed by Ashish Avikunthak, selected at IFFR, 2021; TWO FRIENDS, directed by Prasun Chatterjee, selected at Marche Du Film Goes to Cannes 2020 and A SOUTH ASIAN QUEER PAMPHLET, an interactive documentary selected at IDFA DocLab Forum, 2020.

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Devi

Original title: Devi

Directed by: Subina Shrestha

Produced by: Rosie Garthwaite (Mediadante, United Kingdom)

Country of production: Nepal, UK, EU (not sure which country yet), US

Runtime: 80', 52', 58'

Expected release: January, 2023

Production stage: Production

Budget: $381,409 (5% in place)

1st feature: Yes

Looking for: Funding, sales agent, distributor, co-producers, consulting editors, impact producer

Synopsis:

Devi, a former guerilla fighter who survived war time rape, decides to fight for justice. Nepal’s leaders want to keep the shameful truth about how sex abuse was used as weapon of war buried, but Devi will do whatever it takes to bring her suffering and that of her countrywomen to light and resolve the conflict still raging within her.

Director’s profile:

Subina Shrestha is a filmmaker and a journalist who likes to push boundaries in storytelling. Her work ranges from print stories on the New York Times, to short fiction in virtual reality. Her documentaries on Al Jazeera have been used by various educational institutions including Columbia Journalism School, SOAS, and by human rights organizations in the Hague to discuss modern day slavery and the Maoist conflict. Her news coverage on Nepal’s earthquake and its aftermath earned her multiple awards including an Emmy nomination. She was nominated for the Rory Peck Award for her camerawork while undercover reporting in Myanmar during cyclone Nargis. She was a 2017 Nieman fellow at Harvard and a 2019 Global Media Maker fellow at Film Independent.

Producer’s profile:

Rosie Garthwaite is currently making investigative and OSINT documentaries from her sofa in London about the Middle East and North Africa as Senior Producer for BBC News Arabic. She founded Mediadante, producing the Emmy-nominated, THE WORKERS CUP, that premiered on the opening night of Sundance 2017. In 2015 the International Emmy-award winning film Escape from Isis / Escaping ISIS she developed was referenced by the UK Prime Minister in a key speech and shown to the U.S. Congress. In 2014 she Exec produced a CINE Golden Eagle award-winning series following the first Saudi woman up Everest. She is a former British army officer and author of the award-winning book How to Avoid Being Killed in a War Zone published by Bloomsbury in 2011.