By Abu Shahed EMON


Drama - Completed 2014

Like Moses on the Nile, an infant floats along the river, adopted in turn by Miraj, Karim, Sajib, each who abandon the boy at various stages of his life. From innocent to gangster, Jalal’s journey proves he is truly a child of the river.

& Awards

Busan - BIFF/APM 2014
New currents
Busan 2014
Asian Cinema Fund for Post-Production
45th International Film Festival of India 2014
FRAMES: A Window on South Asian Cinema
7th Jaipur International Film Festival, Jaipur, India 2015
Main Competition. AWARD - Best Debutant Director
    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 108 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Abu Shahed EMON
    • Writer(s)
    • Abu Shahed EMON
    • Producer(s)
    • Faridur REZA (Impress Telefilm Ltd), Ebne hasan KHAN (Impress Telefilm Ltd)
    • Synopsis
    • Told in three parts, Abu Shahed Emon’s debut feature film ‘Jalal’s Story’ is a story of an infant, a child and a teen by that same name, as destiny literally carries them down to the river in each part, from one unwelcoming home to the next one.
      The first story begins with Miraj, a local villager, who rescues the baby when it drifts ashore near his house. Miraj names him Jalal and decides to raise the abandoned child. A series of fortunate coincidences convince the villagers that the baby is a holy one, an idea that Miraj exploits for his profit. But a jealous neighbour stirs up trouble and due to some sign of misfortune; the villagers begin to think that the baby might be a curse to the village. This leads Miraj to abandon the baby in the river again.
      The second story takes place when another aspiring local politician and landlord, Karim, rescues the baby. He keeps the same name for the eight-year-old boy but has little to do with him. His latest wife, Rahima was married to Karim in the hope of giving him a child. This was a prerequisite for him to compete in the upcoming elections because the villagers were unwilling to vote for a jaffa. Rahima takes a shine to Jalal despite her powerless situation in the house. When a shaman is called to solve the couple’s infertility problems, Jalal is branded as a demon and set on the river once again.
      The final part begins with a twenty-year-old Jalal who works under a gang leader and a budding politician named Sajib. Jalal is learning some strong-arm tactics as a part of Sajib’s political aspirations. Sajib abducts a young woman, Shila and keeps her as a sexual hostage until he loses his interest in her when she gets pregnant. He makes Jalal watch over her but she dies during childbirth. Afraid that this child would affect his reputation and influence the result of the upcoming election, Sajib orders getting rid of the baby. The infant is set adrift in the river, but Jalal tries his best to rescue him despite his inability to swim.
      These three stories strangely connect and flow together as one. Through these uniquely linked stories, Abu Shahed Emon tackles a lot of social issues in Bangladesh including superstition, politically motivated corruption and women’s rights.