Photo: Renaud Philippe
WANDERING, A ROHINGYA STORY by Mélanie Carrier and Olivier Higgins
Canadian Screen Award Winner – Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary
Wandering, a Rohingya Story by Quebec filmmakers Mélanie Carrier and Olivier Higgins was awarded the Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary at the 2021 Canadian Screen Awards Ceremony which was held virtually last night.
Wandering, a Rohingya Story is also the first film to be nominated in all five documentary categories at the Gala Québec Cinéma, namely those for Best Documentary Film, Best Original Music, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Sound. The Gala Artisans will take place on June 3, while the Gala Québec Cinéma will be broadcast on June 6 on ICI Télé.
The film’s festival career has been marked by several awards including the La Vague Award for Best Feature- or Medium-Length Documentary at the Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie (FICFA), and the Audience Award at the Quebec City Film Festival (QCFF). The film also received international acclaim and won the Global Docs Competitive Section Award at DocsMX in Mexico. The festival tour continues as the film will screen at Festival Cinéma du Monde de Sherbrooke, whose next edition will be held online from June 3 to 10.
An exhibition created by Mélanie Carrier and Olivier Higgins, in collaboration with artists Renaud Philippe and Karine Giboulo, is presented at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec until February 22, 2022. Featuring photographs, film clips, soundscapes, testimonies, children’s drawings, and portraits, this immersive multimedia experience allows us to meet other people through an artful, humanist vision of this unprecedented humanitarian crisis. The installation is nominated at the NUMIX Awards in the category: International – In situ – Immersive Exposition.
WANDERING, A ROHINGYA STORY – written, directed and produced by Mélanie Carrier and Olivier Higgins
Quebec/Canada. 2020. 88 minutes. Original Rohingya version with English, French or Spanish subtitles.
Within a few months, the Kutupalong refugee camp has become the biggest in the world. Out of sight, 700,000 people of the Rohingya Muslim minority fled Myanmar in 2017 to escape genocide and seek asylum in Bangladesh. Prisoners of a major yet little-publicized humanitarian crisis, Kalam, Mohammad, Montas and other exiles want to make their voice heard. Between poetry and nightmares, food distribution and soccer games, they testify to their daily realities and the ghosts of their past memories. Around them, the spectre of wandering, waiting, disappearing. In this place almost out of space and time, is it still possible to exist?
Ahead of the Gala Québec Cinéma, Wandering, a Rohingya Story is available to rent online and can be seen everywhere in Canada via the film’s official website.