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Live From Dhaka Screening + Panel Talk

Live From Dhaka Screening + Panel Talk
August 7, 2018

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Aug 7, 2018
7:00 pm
UICA Members: $4, Public: $8

Join UICA for a one-night-only screening of the film, Live From Dhaka, and stay for a panel discussion about the film, contemporary life in Dhaka, immigration, and women's rights.


Anal Shah

Anal Shah, Assistant Professor
Film and Video Production
Grand Valley State University

Anal Shah is an Indian filmmaker and photographer. As someone who straddles multiple cultures between his academic and creative practice, Anal’s work explores issues of identity, migration, and other things that are usually "lost in translation".  His work has been shown at numerous Festivals including premieres at the Vienna International Film Festival, the Ann Arbor Film Festival and Detroit Docs to name just a few. Anal received both his undergraduate as well as graduate education at the California Institute of the Arts.

Dr Masuma

Dr. Masuma Macfield, MD

Dr Masuma Macfield is a pediatrics specialist in Grand Rapids, MI and has been practicing for 11 years. She graduated from Chittagong Medical College in 2000 and specializes in pediatrics.

Over the years Dr. Masuma has cultivated a love for travel and music. As a mother of three and a wife of a physician, life can be busy. However,  she enjoys sharing the diverse experiences gained in the different cultures they visit. In her spare time Dr. Masuma is involved in various church activities and seeks to further her knowledge by staying up to date with Health Journals.


Sarah Yore-Van Oosterhout, Esq.

Sarah Yore-Van Oosterhout is the founder and incorporator of Lighthouse Immigrant Advocates (LIA), serves as the Executive Director and Legal Services Director for the organization. Oosterhout serves as West Side Co-chair for MCIRR and is a founding facilitator of Allies Working for Social Justice and Environmental Progress.

Film Synopsis

Dhaka is the city that Sazzad came to as a young ambitious man seeking his fortune. But the stock market crashed and he ended up in debt. His disability prevents him from finding other work, while the loan sharks circle him. His relationship with his girlfriend Rehana suffers, and there’s absolutely no talking to his drug-addict brother Michael. Sazzad wants to get away, go abroad. The pressure of the city is like a raw nerve that is – literally – making him ill. 

Live from Dhaka is made up of short scenes shot in grainy black-and-white, covering the city in a constant grey shroud. This reinforces an underlying sense of threat and increasing desperation that can turn to rage at any moment. This is the world that leads people to decide to emigrate – the unsalutary push-factor behind those who go in search of 'happiness'.

Directed By: Abdullah Mohammad Saad
Genre: Drama
Run Time: 91 Minutes
MPAA Rating: NR (scenes of violence, mature language)
Origin: Bangladesh

Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or at least 72 hours in advance.

Earlier Event: August 3
Later Event: August 10
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