By Tauquir AHMED


Social issues - Completed 2016

The coffin of an expatriate worker with manipulated identity intense the identity crisis when another person’s corpse is found inside. However, the message of global humanity wins at the end.

    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Social issues, True Story, Drama
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 92 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Tauquir AHMED
    • Writer(s)
    • Tauquir AHMED
    • Producer(s)
    • Synopsis
    • (summary)

      Oggatonama (the unnamed) is a film about local Life, Love and Hope while portraying a strong message of global Humanity.

      Despite our race, culture, religion and language – the only spirit makes us human is our sense of global HUMANITY. Humanity is still the key driver for the existence of human civilization. Humanity is the foundation built on the ‘ingredients’ of life, love and hope. Humanity is the spirit that ties us together as families, friends and fellows.

      The central character, a poor farmer from a remote Bangladeshi village facing challenges at every steps of this storyline, sometime from the bureaucracy, sometime from his peers and finally from the traditional mindset after receiving the dead body of an ‘Oggatonama’ – the unnamed. Circumstances challenged him to face a situation involved the death news of his son who was an expatriate, working in the middle east as an unskilled labor. The financial remittance to Bangladesh by these expatriates is around US$3 billion per year, which is a significant percentage of the GDP. Unfortunately, their life is only ‘valuable’ and ‘loved’ by the country as long as they are alive, working and taking part in financial remittance! Once dead, it is only a body needs a burial despite whom it belongs to.

      The story portrays a typical Bangladeshi village, its inhabitants and economic strength through export of manpower but a lot of these exports involves illegal human trafficking, mistrust and broken hopes. The movie also demonstrated the harsh reality of the ‘red-tape’ affecting people’s life and emotion. The Director very successfully led the team to present the footprint of the village with appropriate vernacular music and excellent cinematography. It is also an example of technical excellence along with very powerful but natural acting.

      The concluding shot tells it all, when a mourning father buries the dead body of the ‘Oggatonama’ (unnamed) with appropriate respect in his own land without even knowing whose dead body is that! And pass on the message of global humanity to his grand son, an intergenerational transfer of the feeling of global brotherhood despite what socio-economic background you belong to. The composition, cinematography and music made the shot a piece of art!

      A young Girl named Beauty wants to go to Middle East for fortune hunt. Ramjan; a man power agent has fixed a plan for Beauty’s immigration by hacking her identity as another person’s wife and exploiting her in return. Beauty needs a police clearance. Farhad; a policeman is helping her for that and has fallen in love with her. Finding Farhad in Beauty’s house Ramjan gets furious. Harassed Farhad gets late for his duty. Officer in charge is searching him for hours.
A phone call from the ministry of foreign worker has informed that a man named Abdul Wahab (according to passport) has died in Middle East. His family lives far from the city, the officer need to inform them to collect the coffin.