THE SALT IN OUR WATERS

Nonajoler Kabbo

Rudro, a bright-eyed artist from Dhaka, is en route to a remote fishing village in the Ganges Delta for his latest project. He travels with an enormous box of art supplies, singling him out as a city slicker among the rural population. Upon arrival, he meets a local imam, known as Chairman (Fazlur Rahman Babu), who greets him with deceptive graciousness. Rudro soon learns that he has come ashore in a deeply conservative Muslim community, and tensions surface when the villagers help Rudro unload his art supplies, and discover that he is a sculptor: a maker of idols.

It would be easy to pigeonhole THE SALT IN OUR WATERS as a simple “culture clash” narrative, but its focus on climate change complicates the well-trod binaries of tradition/modernity and science/religion. Chairman blames Rudro’s sculptures for their disappearing fish stocks, while Rudro, far from a scientist himself, struggles to articulate what he believes is happening to them. As monsoon season approaches, this breakdown of communication has violent consequences. Director Rezwan Shahriar Sumit dramatizes a serious question facing Bangladeshi communities: How can “non-experts” of vastly different backgrounds find the language to talk about, and address their shared environmental challenges?

-Emerson Goo

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In-Person

Showtime Dates: November 14, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Consolidated Theatres Kahala
Passholder Access: All Access, Supporter

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Access Window: November 15, 2021 - November 28, 2021
Passholder Access: All Access, Limited Virtual, Supporter, Hale Virtual Festival, Individual
Only Accessible from: USA

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Film Details

DIRECTOR(S)Rezwan Shahriar Sumit
PRODUCER(S)Ilann Girard, Rezwan Shahriar Sumit
SCREENWRITER(S)Rezwan Shahriar Sumit
CASTFazlur Rahman Babu, Dulari Begum, Ashok Bepari, Tasnova Tamanna, Shatabdi Wadud, Titas Zia
CINEMATOGRAPHERChananun Chotrungroj

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Film Details

PREMIERE STATUS: Hawai‘i Premiere
YEAR: 2020
RUN TIME: 106 Minutes
LANGUAGE: Bengali, with English subtitles

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