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
The residents of Bhaatkhwadiya char