On our warming planet, Bangladesh is considered to be one of the 12 highest climate-risk countries in the world. It regularly faces all of the five main identified threats that arise from climate change: droughts, floods, storms, rising sea levels, and greater uncertainty in agriculture. In particular, Bangladesh tops the list in flood disasters because it is situated in the low-lying Ganges–Brahmaputra River Delta that is formed by the confluence of three rivers and their respective tributaries, which include run-offs from the melting Himalayan glaciers. However, the Bangladeshis are not resigned to climate change doom, but instead have become active leaders in adaptation.
Meet 14 year-old, Illias Titu who is using his talents as a singer to educate his fellow classmates about the changes occurring in their immediate environment.
Featuring: Illias Titu
Producer/Director/Camera/Editor: Luis Patron and Megumi Nishikura
Stock footage provided by IUCN Bangladesh
Narration: Megumi Nishikura
Color and Graphics: David Jimenez
Sound Mixer: Salmix
Shot on location in Noakhali, Bangladesh
Duration 3:49 minutes
Developed and produced for United Nations University (UNU) by UNU Media Studio in association with UNU-ISP.
Further information for this film can be found at film’s website: ourworld.unu.edu/en/resilient-bangladesh-songs-for-a-changing-world/
United Nations University has published this work under a Creative Commons license - share alike, attribution, no derivatives, non-commercial.
*About the filmmakers*
Luis Patron- Producer/Director/Camera/Editor
Luis Patron works as an independent documentary filmmaker, producer, HD cinematographer and editor. He teams up with talented local professionals in Japan and around the world to craft factual films for cinema and television.
Megumi Nishikura- Producer/Director/Editor
Megumi Nishikura's life purpose is to use the power of media to enlighten and inspire individuals to make choices that build a more positive sustainable world. She has been producing documentary films addressing global issues since 2003. She has a BFA in Film and Television Production from New York University's Tish School of Arts (Sydney) and a Masters degree in Peace and Conflict Studies through the Rotary World Peace Fellowship.
United Nations University Media Studio
The UNU Media Studio was established in March 2003 and works in collaboration with a global network of partners to develop and share open educational resources. Through a small team based in Tokyo, the UNU promotes innovation in the building of interactive content and video documentaries that engage, entertain and educate. The core creative team is comprised of specialists in web and graphic design, documentary and multimedia production, as well as educational technology and instructional design. In developing projects, this team collaborates with subject matter experts from within the UNU, from other UN bodies and from partner universities. The UNU Media Studio also collaborates with independent professionals in the area of documentary production, web application development, web design and instructional design. mediastudio.unu.edu
United Nations University - Institute for Sustainability and Peace
UNU-ISP takes an innovative, integrated approach to sustainability — one that encompasses global change, development, peace and security. The Institute bridges these cross-cutting issues through research, educational, and collaborative initiatives with the aim of solving current problems and anticipating future challenges.
For more information:
Our World 2.0 ourworld.unu.edu and UNU ISP isp.unu.edu
See related article at Our World 2.0: ourworld.unu.edu/en/resilient-bangladesh-fishermen-cope-with-rough-seas/
A high resolution version of this video, and additional language subtitles are available. Please contact us for details:
53-70 Jingumae 5-chome Shibuya-ku
Tokyo JAPAN 150-8925
Ph: +813 5467 1324