film giffoni 2023


Category: Gex Doc

In one of Bangladesh’s low-lying coastal areas along the Brahmaputra River, a 12-year-old orphan girl named Afrin lives on a flood-ravaged island without electricity. Her relatives want to marry her off, which is illegal though common practice, but Afrin is not like other young girls, she has plans and a mind of her own. When her house is submerged by floods, she decides to leave behind the only world she has ever known and undertake a treacherous solo boat journey to find the father she has never met - in one of most densely populated cities in the world. In Dhaka, a city overflowing with danger and mystery, Afrin faces the impossible, but she befriends a group of fellow orphans and never lets go of the hope of reuniting with her father and a better life for herself.

Category Official Competition
Section GEx Doc
Tipology Documentary, Feature Film
Duration 92'
Production Year 2023
Nationality France, Greece
Directed by Angelos Rallis
Screenplay Angelos Rallis
Director of photography Angelos Rallis
Editor Nadia Ben Rachid, Angelos Rallis
Sound Laurent Chassaigne
Music Alexis Rault
art department Tanji Kun, Swatee Bhadra, Tahadil Ahmed
Produced by Maria Del Mar Rodriguez
Production AR Production


angelos rallis headshotAngelos Rallis 

Angelos Rallis was born in Sweden in 1979. He is a director, photographer and journalist, an elected member of the International Federation of Journalists (2006 - 2019). He studied filmmaking at the Cinema School of Athens and at the same time worked at the Greek National TV - ERT as an assistant director. He then completed his postgraduate studies in film and television at the Swedish Film Institute and visual sociology at Goldsmiths University of London. He has worked as a reporter for news agencies and for newspapers such as the Nation, Greenpeace, Reporters agency, Eagle-press agency, and the Guardian. He has filmed in war zones such as Iraq, Turkish Kurdistan and Syria, in Africa and Asia.

“The film topic is inspired by my wife’s work in South East Asia, who designed resilient shelters from locally available materials (bamboo) in order to lessen the devastating impact of natural hazards (floods and earthquakes). The film project is based on my experience and observation while researching on location during flood season and has been also confirmed and described with great precision by Afrin and other dwellers in the char. Thematically speaking, MIGHTY AFRIN continues my approach on post traumatic behavior, loss and fate already evident in my previous films (A PLACE FOR EVERYONE and SHINGAL; WHERE ARE YOU?). This time I am looking at the ongoing impact and the slow violence of the floods on the poor in the Bangladeshi chars. MIGHTY AFRIN is a minutely detailed observational examination into the individual behavior of a poor orphan girl coming of age in the context of a mud island and floods.”



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