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by Giovanni Giommi


The story of Banishanta Island. It is made up of a community of sex workers. Living on a tiny sliver of land 100 meters long and only ten meters wide in the Bay of Bengal, south Bangladesh, this community survives at the frontline of climate change. The rising river, soil erosion and frequent cyclones are slowly 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. As they strive to hold onto their livelihood, time is running out. Soon the whole of Banishanta will be totally submerged under water, making it one of the first real casualties of the shifting global environment.

international title: Bad Weather
original title: Bad Weather
country: Germany, United Kingdom
year: 2011
genre: documentary
directed by: Giovanni Giommi
film run: 83'
cinematography by: Giovanni Giommi
film editing: Giovanni Giommi
production: Filmproduktions-GmbH, Century Films, YLE, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), TG4, NRK - Norsk Rikskringkasting, Cornbread Films
backing: Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, MEDIA Programme of the European Union

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