Magazine article Screen International

Bad Weather

Magazine article Screen International

Bad Weather

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Dir: Giovanni Giommi. Germany-UK. 2011. 82mins

Banishanta Island in the Bay of Bengal, south of Bangladesh, is 100 metres long and 10 metres wide and is made up of a community of sex workers. This documentary tells the story of its inhabitants as they struggle with their livelihood and forces of nature which are slowly causing their island to figuratively and literally erode.

The female central characters in the film are compelling.

Premiered in competition at the 54th Dok Leipzig Festival, the film's strong human rights message should attract some interest, especially from festivals and distributors with a social campaigning bent. But it may struggle slightly to stand out from the crowd.

The female central characters in the film are compelling, being allowed to tell their stories about their lives as sex workers in a way that is matter-of-fact and avoids the sensational. Scenes in which customers visit the island are alternately unsettling and remarkable in their everydayness, and these juxtapositions between the perceived notion of sex workers and the reality of their situations is when the film is at its most interesting. …

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