Bangladesh is on track to disappear entirely in a hundred years thanks to the impacts of climate change. These global shifts are experienced in microcosm in director Kamar Ahmad Simon’s film, as he observes the families of Sutarkhali. The coastal village was left underwater by a tidal surge after a cyclone, and Rakhi, her husband Soumen and their six-year-old son are forced to live on a dyke with 100 other families. The government is slow to help the families reclaim their land, and continuing delays cause mounting friction. Are You Listening! is a powerful and beautifully photographed film that reveals the alarming effects of climate change and deftly captures the fighting spirit of a community and their will to survive.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Kamar Ahmad Simon.
FROM THE MOUNTAINS TO THE SEA
The Royal Anthropological Institute, in partnership with Bertha DocHouse, presents From the Mountains to the Sea, a curated double bill on climate change and film. From the coastal areas of Bangladesh to Alpine ski resorts, local populations are having to respond to weather events that threaten their livelihoods and economies. Through elegant photography and poignant storytelling, both films powerfully show the human impact of a changing climate in very different environments.
With thanks to Royal Anthropological Institute.