Monday, 6 December, 2021

‘Once There Were Rivers’ premiered

‘Once There Were Rivers’ premiered

As part of the Goethe-Institut Bangladesh’s 60th anniversary project ‘Goethe Pop Up Festival’ and to address the deteriorating conditions of the rivers in climate-vulnerable Bangladesh, a short documentary film ‘Once There Were Rivers’ was screened at Sonargaon in Narayanganj district on Thursday.

Broqué, the first upcycled high-end streetwear fashion lab in Bangladesh, premiered the short documentary film created and directed by Dhaka-based Mahenaz Chowdhury, founder and zero-waste designer of Broqué, in collaboration with Berlin-based Simone Simonato, founder of SICA Upcycling Design, reports UNB.

Together with the people interviewed for the documentary film, their families and neighbours, the first screening took place at Sonargaon, Narayanganj district which was hosted by Mahenaz Chowdhury at Rajon Miah’s jamdani atelier. Miah is the owner of Sonia Jamdani, who was one of the interviewees for the documentary.

The film captures the lives of the jamdani weaving community and their connection to the river and how over the years, growing river pollution impacted the value of their revered craft.

The premiere was accompanied by Arifur Rahman, Bappy Mondol, and Aasif U Hamid from Goopy Bagha Productions Limited, shooting the Goethe-Institut Bangladesh’s ‘2021 Goethe Pop Up Festival’ documentary across Bangladesh.

To mark the 60 years journey of Goethe in Bangladesh, multiple events are being held, focusing on environmental challenges and sustainable futures, organized by Broqué, SICA, and Goethe-Institut Bangladesh until 22 November 2021.

The film is available on