In the near future, Bangladesh is terrorized by killer mutant chickens. A team of kung - fu fighting chefs must battle in order to keep chicken on their menu. But one chicken sets its sights on revenge. It's time for the ultimate poultry showdown.
Written and Directed by Nayeem Mahbub
Produced by Kazi Zahin Hasan
Copyright owned by Toon Bangla Limited and Nayeem Mahbub
In a very poor neighborhood in Old Dhaka, there is a building that doesn't look like it should actually be standing as it is so haphazardly held together by bamboo and corrugated tin. There are just 4 toilets for the over 250 people who live there, its full of rats and cockroaches and to top it all off inside the building there is almost no natural light. It is, for want of a better comparison, akin to the worst slum dwellings of the Victorian East End of London.
And yet, in spite of all these terrible afflictions, the place functions and the people who live there lead relatively normal lives we would all recognise. What is more, the residents are positively bubbly.
And, dare I say it, but this building is actually not that dissimilar from an apartment block in any Western city (except with more neighborly interaction perhaps!).
We shot this short one evening in late September 2010 while making a completely different film about forced marriage. Hoping to go back out and make something longer about this house and all the strong and cheery people who live in it.
Two years ago, the river washed away Geetu's home and land on Char Atra, a river island in Bangladesh. His family had to start again. But with his land gone, Geetu had no job, and no way to provide for his family – a devastating blow to a proud family man.
Climate change is a reality for fishermen like Geetu. Whilst Bangladesh is a very poor country, these people are the poorest of the poor. Their life is hard, they depend on the water and yet it hurts them.
Climate change is destroying lives here. Floods are deeper and longer lasting, rainfall is erratic, and river erosion is increasing. These changes are having a damaging impact on poor farmers and fishermen. When the floods last too long, their crops are destroyed, and they can’t fish.
Gum For My Boat is a story of Hope focusing on the Bangladesh Surf Club and its members. The club consists of more than 30 boys and girls and is helping to introduce surfing into a culture in a very unconventional method. Many of the children are street kids or come from very poor families. Some don't even know how to swim, but their love for surfing brings them together and into a way of life they never even knew existed. An ocean that was once deemed off limits due to fear and a very conservative Islamic culture is now becoming source of fun, escape and even a chance for a way to make a living. Follow professional surfer, Kahana Kalama (a past guest star of Fuel TV’s series On Surfari) as he works with Hawaiian-based non-profit, Surfing The Nations, and learns from these kids that sometimes, surfing involves much more than catching waves.