An eye-opening documentary exploring the lives of migrant labourers working in the tea fields of Bangladesh and the British colonial history that has led to them being there.
Filmed over the course of several months in Bangladesh’s remote tea fields, Garden of Memories (Baganiya) follows the incredible lives of three labourers. Padmoluv Bunarjee, in the last stages of his life, still remains nostalgic for his British Colonial masters. Young Chieftan Sojoy Yadav feels trapped by history, but continues his work in the tea fields and school drop out Chandan wants to elude this work and exploitation altogether.
Through the lives of these three individuals from different generations, Humaira Bilkis weaves an elegant tale of labourers, whose lives are still impacted by the framework of colonial rules that still govern the tea industry. Bhojpuri, Bengali, with English subtitles.