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Bad Weather


Giovanni Giommi
2011 | 82 mins | Bangladesh, England, Germany

Banishanta Island, a tiny sliver of land 100 meters long and 10 meters wide in the Bay of Bengal, south Bangladesh, is notable for two reasons: it is on the frontline of climate change, and its population is made up primarily of a community of sex workers. With the rising river, soil erosion, and frequent cyclones gradually destroying what is left of the island, Razia, Khadija, and Shefali, three of the last 65 women left living there, are in a battle for their homes, the future of their families, and even their quest for true love.


Co-presented by Asia Society

“This morning I woke up very early because I couldn't sleep. I took in my hands, The Road by Cormac McCarthy, and read where I left the story: ‘The frailty of everything revealed at last. Old and troubling issues resolved into nothingness and night. The last instance of a thing takes the class with it. Turns out the light and is gone. Look around you.’

I thought about my film Bad Weather. I thought of Ismail, the mad man of Banishanta, the brothel island where my story was set and of his apocalyptic vision of the world. [He is] the witness and prophet of the close and painful disappearance of this community of sex workers and of their huge humanity.

I think that our mission as filmmakers is exactly this: look around, choose a story (or be chosen) and tell it honestly before it disappears and is erased from the memory of the world.”

- Giovanni Giommi | Director Bad Weather