Docpoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival

Programme

Mighty Afrin: In the Time of Floods

The Brahmaputra River runs in the lowlands on the coast of Bangladesh, the force of which wipes out homes and villages. 13-year-old Afrin Khanon is forced to leave her home as the floods raised by monsoons cover nearly half of the land in water. Like millions of other climate refugees, she rows her way into the metropolis of Dhaka in order to build a new life and find her father from among the countless refugees.

The documentary depicts the climate crisis and the lives of millions of climate refugees through the story of one person. At the same time, it maintains the agency of its subjects, not pushing too strongly the narrative frame of climate migration.

Director and screenwriter Angelos Rallis spent five years shooting the film. The methods of participatory filmmaking have been used creatively in making the film. Mighty Afrin: In the Time of Floods is visually breathtakingly beautiful and its soundscape is captivating. It is a depiction of leaving home, surviving the everyday, and growing up too fast.

Heta Heikkala (translated by Inari Ylinen)

Angelos Rallis has unfortunately had to cancel his visit to the festival due to the air traffic strike. The screening of Mighty Afrin: In the Time of Floods on Fri, Feb 2 is opened by Greenpeace.

Language: Bengali
Subtitles: English
Length: 92 min
Age Limit: S
Year: 2023
Production Country: Greece, France, Germany

Director: Angelos Rallis
Producer: Angelos Rallis
Production Company: AR Productions
Distribution Company: Cargo Film & Releasing