Waiting for a storm – Trailer 2014

Waiting for a Storm – Trailer (2014) from Prachi Mokashi on Vimeo.

The chars of the Brahmaputra are a curious geographical feature of the river – they are small, temporary land masses, almost like islands, that appear and disappear seasonally due to erosion. They are also places that many immigrant communities of Assam call home. They farm on the transient land masses and raise their families there as well.

Waiting for a Storm explores this ephemeral relationship between the chars and their residents through the prism of two different subjects – Amjad Ali, a farmer who lives on such a char and Sahjahan Hussain, a young activist from the mainland who is working for land rights of the char dwellers.

Through their voices the film navigates questions of identity and reform. And as their paths converge, Amjad and Sahjahan’s future remains as uncertain as the receding landscape surrounding them.


Commissioning Editors: K.P. Jayasankar & Anjali Monteiro

Advisory Committee: Faiz Ullah, Nina Sabnani & Chandita Mukherjee

Fellowship Co-ordinator: Barsha Dey

Research Consultants: Arupjyoti Saikia & Junuka Deshpande

Directed by: Prachi Mokashi

Co-Directed by: Deepak Verma

Cinematographer: Prahlad Gopakumar

Second Unit Camera: Jyotirmoy Nayak

Sound Recordist: Rukmajit Barua

Production Support: Ravi Mokashi & Rohini Mokashi

Local Co-ordinator: Dinesh Kalita

Editor: Prachi Mokashi

Assistant Editors: Sagar Gadge & Ratul Deka

Sound Designer: Pramod Srinivasan

Colour Grading & Title Design: Rohit Iyer

Translation & Subtitles: Mahan J. Dutta

Music: Stuart DaCosta


Hussain Md Sahjahan

Amjad Ali & family

Akhil Gogoi

The residents of Bhaatkhwadiya char

Arupjyoti Saikia

Arun Gupta

Arnab Chaudhuri

Soumitra Mokashi

Sarah Dacosta

Ujjwal Utkarsh

Sushmeit Nambiar

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