Bangladeshi filmmaker Mehedi Mostafa’s immersive essay on the sounds and sociality of Dhaka is a series of wonderments about place and home. Mostafa cuts between the city’s concrete chaos and the leisure of the faraway lush village with the curiosity of a poet-anthropologist. In capturing the labor and sweat of urban blue collar construction workers, he seems to also suggest their longings. In grounding his camera on the denizens of the streets, he tries to conjure in the viewer a sense of belonging.
Inspired by a talk by architect Keshef Mahboob Chowdhury, Mostafa never pretends he has answers. Instead his intuitive cinematography and imaginative sound design allow us to experience the paradoxes of the natural vs. the built, of utopia vs. the here-and-now.