The shoals of the Jamuna River are submerged in
water during monsoon season, and in winter they are transformed
into a desert-like landscape. Despite the harsh natural conditions,
the people who live there are upbeat and do not want to move away.
Bangladesh, often portrayed as a country plagued by flood damage,
is depicted through efforts to coexist with a river
With a population of more than 100 million and a
countryside criss-crossed by some 200 rivers, Bangladesh is constantly
under the threat of devastating floods. This marvellous ethnographic
film looks at the lives of people who work primarily as farmers
on one of the country's great rivers, the Brahmaputra. Despite
disastrous floods and tough economic circumstances, the dwellers
of the river’s islands live a rich existence filled with
family, religion, ritual and music. Beautifully shot by its director,
Sand and Water is a poetic look at a social issue. Although there’s
no doubt the subjects of this film live in poverty, their lives
are not impoverished. This film acknowledges the dignity and responsibility
of the people profiled, inspiring the viewer to want more for them
and their plain but beautiful existences. - Marc Glassman.
Best Film Award, Film South Asia '03
Dill-Riaz has been a film society activist in Bangladesh
since 1988. He studied History of Art, History of Indian Art,
and Theatrical Science at Freien Universitat Berlin, and at
the Hoshschule fur Film und Fernsehen Konrad Wolf in Potsdam.
Dill-Riaz completed his Master's degree in 2002 and Sand and
Water is his graduation film.