The Last Rites

Director: Yasmine Kabir
No Dialogue, 17 min, 2008, Bangladesh
A ship breaking yards of Chittagong, Bangladesh – a final destination for ships that are too old to ply the oceans any longer.
The Last Rites
A still from The Last Rites
Synopsis:

'The Last Rites' is an allegorical portrayal of the agony of hard labour. Unlike a traditional narrative, the film relies on images to tell its story. The silent film depicts the ship breaking yards of Chittagong, Bangladesh - a final destination for ships that are too old to ply the oceans any longer. Every year, hundreds of ships are sent to yards in Bangladesh. And every year, thousands of people keep coming in search of jobs in these yards. Risking their lives to save themselves from hunger, they breathe in asbestos dust and toxic waste. What emerges in a greater context is the tragedy of the human condition.

Producer: Yasmine Kabir
Director: Yasmine Kabir
Camera: Yasmine Kabir
Editing: Yasmine Kabir
Sound: Polo Dominguez
Awards:
  • Ram Bahadur Trophy for Best Film, Film South Asia, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2009
  • Jury Award, Experimental Film competition, 13th Ismailia International Film Festival, Egypt, 2009
  • Egyptian Film Critics Association Prize for Best Film in All Categories, 13th Ismailia International Film Festival, Egypt, 2009
Select Screenings:
  • 21st International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 2008
  • 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival, San Francisco, USA, 2009
  • 7th Film South Asia, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2009
  • 13th Ismailia International Festival for Documentary and Short Films, Ismailia, Egypt, 2009
  • 51st International Festival of Documentary and Short Films, Bilbao, Spain, 2009
  • Documentarist, Istanbul, Turkey, 2009
  • Vibgyor Film Festival, Trissur, India, 2009
  • 7th International Documentary Sights 2009, Mexico City, 2009
  • 3rd Bangladesh Documentary Film Festival, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2009
  • Persistence Resistance Film Festival, New Delhi, India, 2010
  • IAWRT – 6th Asian Women’s Film Festival, New Delhi, India, 2010
  • Bangladesh International Short Film Festival, Dhaka, 2010
  • 40th Tampere Film Festival, Finland, 2010
  • 29th Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Sweden, 2010
  • 30th Amiens International Film Festival, Amiens, France, 2010
  • 14th International Film Festival of Kerala, Trivandrum, India, 2010
  • Istanbul International Architecture and Urban Film Festival, Tukey, 2010
  • Cornerhouse Festival, Manchester, UK, 2010
  • Cinema South Asia III, University of Pennsylvania, USA, 2010
  • Dochouse, Birbeck College, University of London, UK, 2010
About the Director:

Yasmine Kabir is an independent filmmaker based in Bangladesh. Her filmography includes: ‘Death Chant’ (1992),‘A Day at the Embassy’ (1996),‘For Solaiman’ (1997),‘A Mother's Lament’ (1999),‘My Migrant Soul’ (2000),‘A Certain Liberation’ (2003), ‘The Last Rites’ (2008).

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