category Producer Profile: Heino Deckert




Romanian, English


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The Banishanta Island in the Gulf of Bengal is only 100 meters long and 10 meters wide, but contains enough drama for an entire world: you can find here romance, stigma, a struggle for rights, and a preview to the fate of our planet. Inhabited by a group of sex workers whose spirits have not been broken by their trials or marginal status, the island is a living lesson in survival. Each woman who came to it has her own story: some were trafficked; others were guided here by poverty; others yet came here looking for love. Once there, though, they are denied fundamental rights, which they have to re-claim by organizing and overcoming tradition, misogyny, and unjust laws. What they want is simple and universal: dignity, the right to love and be loved, and a minimal protection afforded to all citizens. And then there is one other thing: the narrow Banishanta island is eroding with every day, falling prey to rising sea levels and increasingly extreme weather. On top of authorities, neighbors or clients, the Banishanta women are fighting irreversible climate change. Loving husbands, tolerant imams or village lunatics prophesying the impending apocalypse appear in supporting roles which only serve to highlight the indomitable spirit of the Banishanta women. Director Giovanni Giommi spent three years on the island, capturing cinematically and respectfully the life of these extraordinary women.


2012 - Margaret Mead Film Festival, USA, Special Mention
2012 - Flahertiana, Russia, Best International Documentary and FIPRESCI Prize
2012 - Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada
2012 - St. Petersburg Message to Man Film Festival, Russia
2012 - Galway Film Fleadh, Ireland
2012 - Bellaria Film Festival, Italy, Best Italian Documentary Award
2012 - DocAviv, Israel
2012 - Planete + Doc, Poland
2012 - Documentary Edge, New Zealand
2012 - Visions du Réel, Switzerland
2012 - ZagrebDOX, Croatia
2012 - DocPoint Helsinki Documentary Film Festival, Finland
2011 - Torino International Film Festival, Italy
2011 - IDFA, Netherlands
2011 - DOK Leipzig, Germany


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