The changing climate is making it difficult for peasants in Bangladesh to harvest enough food from their land. Based on their traditional knowledge, Bangladeshis used to be able to accurately predict when the rains would fall. They could then sow seeds in accordance to these patterns in order to yield the crops upon which they relied for survival. But rains are no longer following such a predictable schedule and the people must do their best to adjust to this new climate reality.
Kuhinor, the woman in this video brief, and her husband have suffered the consequences of this fluctuating climate. The numbers of fish once available abundantly in their water beel (wetland or pond) have dropped significantly. Due to the extreme temperature fluctuations, friends and family are also catching colds more frequently and there have also been outbreaks of pests that affect their fruit and vegetables.
However, Kunhior is not giving up on the land that her ancestors have lived on for generations, she taking action by participating in a community workshop focused on climate change adaptation.
Featuring: Kuhinor, Ahsanul Wahed, and Dr. Chun Knee Tan
Producer/Director/Editor: Megumi Nishikura and Luis Patron
Camera: Luis Patron
Scientific Adviser: Dr. Chun Knee Tan
Stock footage provided by IUCN Bangladesh
Narration: Megumi Nishikura
Color and Graphics: David Jimenez
Sound Mixer: Salmix
Shot on location in Kapasia, Bangladesh
Duration 5:47 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-fishermen-cope-with-rough-seas/
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*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. Within UNU, her unit “Media Studio” (MS) has grounded expertise in online learning, interactive media and video production and in linking development issues with visual media and online content on social and environmental issues.
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See related article at Our World 2.0: ourworld.unu.edu/en/resilient-bangladesh-mapping-local-solutions/
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