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Natives of Tornado
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  • Format


  • Producer/Director

    Molla Sagar

  • Produced By

    Life Bangladesh

  • Duration in Minutes


  • Languages English,Bangla
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  • Keyword(s)

    Labour,Employment,Bangladesh,Fishermen,Occupational hazards,Working conditions,Safety at sea,Living conditions,Weather,Hazardous work,Missing at sea,Accidents,Cyclones,Piracy,Bay of Bengal,Conflicts,Livelihood,Conditions at work,Storms,Monsoon

  • Description
  • The documentary narrates the plight of Bangladeshi fishermen -- many of whom remain missing forever and very few survive. Bangladesh’s 50 million people live along the costal belt. 20 million of them are fishermen and 1.2 million of whom regularly stay in the deep sea with eyes full of dreams for a big catch. But dreams are constantly being swindled by storms, invading dacoits and moneylenders. Storms leave thousands of them missing every year. They do not even have enough life jackets. The film contains newspaper cuttings and TV footage throughout the documentary. The use of radio transmission as the background commentary points to the weakness of our radio warning system. When the fishermen stay in the deep-sea, radio transmission is the lone source of communication with the mainland. Unfortunately, radio often fails to guide and save them.

    The other major issue addressed in the documentary is the constant pressure from the boat-owners and 'mahajan,' who force the fishermen to go out to the sea even during the perilous times of April to June, when monsoon storms frequent the weather. This documentary conveys the message that if the authorities fulfil some basic needs of the fishermen such as ensuring life jackets and IDs for everyone and guide them with authentic weather f

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