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The Diary of a Refugee by Bishnu Dev Halder

The story of the filmmaker’s vanishing village and the uncertain life in it. Set up amidst wild jungle as a settlement for refugees from East Pakistan, the village became a busy industrial hub bringing the villagers regular earnings. Today, the village is about to be engulfed by the ever-expanding boundaries of the land-hungry industries. The filmmaker documents the uncertain life in the village on his multiple visits over a period of five years through the life of his sister and her neighbours,.

Mumbai International Film Festival
CMS Vatavaran Film Festival and Forum, New Delhi

Bishnu Dev Halder completed his post graduate Diploma in Direction and Screenplay Writing from the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata. Ever since, he has been making documentaries, corporate films and ad films. His films have won accolades at various national and international film festivals, including the National Award. Bishnu’s films have been supported by the Sundance Institute, British Council and NHK among others and telecast on NHK and National Geographic Channels.

  • Cinematography: Bishnu Dev Halder, Basab Mullik
  • Location Sound: Krishnan Unni, Sabyasachi Paul, Pintu Ghosh
  • Editing: Saikat Sekhareshwar Ray
  • Sound Design: Iman Chakraborty
  • Project Partner: Films Division

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