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This is the story of the indomitable dream of two young brothers and divorcee mother and their incredible journey in life and their ball bearing made car that has never been defeated. The story of human spirit, sufferings and simple joy.

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The film features a story of the indomitable dream of two young brothers, Habil and Kabil. Their mother works at a rice mill despite severe illness, while the father is a rickshaw-puller, who has been missing for 2 years. They wander about the village all day and even with their mother’s disagreement, race ‘bearing cars’ in the field; but they do not own such car. One day, they sell Water Lily to buy old bearings, make their own car and win the race. In the city, Habil discovers their father with his new family. One stormy night, they find their mother half-dead and rush her to the hospital in the forbidden car. Fearing their increased suffering, Habil keeps father’s reality a secret. The film explores the dynamics of the family and the challenges everyone must face in rural poverty. An endearing coming-of-age story, It shows how the human spirit can triumph in the face of adversity.

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Directors: Md. Ashraful Alam (Ashraf Shishir)

Writers: Md. Ashraful Alam (Ashraf Shishir)

Producers: Faridur Reza Sagar, Md. Ashraful Alam (Ashraf Shishir)

Key cast: Rokeya Prachy, Kabbo, Maruf

 

Director: Ashraf Shishir (Md. Ashraful Alam)

Md Ashraful Alam, whose penname/nickname is Ashraf Shishir, is a an Independent Motion Pictures and Film Professional, Script Writer, Poet, Story Writer, Human Rights Activists from Bangladesh. Educated in IT and law, he is the pioneer of the AECB film movement, a platform for the filmmakers to establish alternative show-case for better cinema with more than 20,000 members. His latest work includes The Cart [GAARIWALA] 2014 (Script and direction, Recipient of prestigious Grant from the Govt. of Bangladesh and selected in more than 38 International Film Festival in 16 Countries and won 8 Best Awards from India, Chile, Italy, Spain and USA), The Cage Bird, 2012 ( Director, documentary nominated in more than 7 International Film Festival in 7 countries and Winner in USA). Published four books. Education: Masters in International Human Rights Law.

Director’s Statement

‘Gaariwala’ is the story of the indomitable dream of two young brothers, Habil and Kabil, and their car that has never been defeated. Their mother works at a rice mill despite severe illness, while father is a rickshaw-puller, who has been missing for 2 years. They wander about the village whole day and even with their mother’s disagreement, race ‘bearing cars' at the field; but they do not own such car. One day, they sell Water Lily to buy old bearings, make their own car and win the race. They start to sell Water Lily in the city regularly and Habil discovered their father with his new family. One stormy night, they find their mother half-dead and rush her to the hospital in the forbidden car. Fearing their increased suffering, Habil keeps father’s reality a secret.

 

Screenings / Awards: 
  • Sharjah International Film Festival 2014

    Sharjah, UAE
    October 23, 2014
    World Premiere
    Finalist

  • 20th Kolkata International Film Festival 2014

    Kolkata, India
    November 12, 2014
    Indian Premiere
    Official Selection

  • 13th Third Eye Asian Film Festival

    Mumbai, India
    January 8, 2015
    Maharashtro State Premiere
    Official Selection

  • Film Development Grant from the Government of Bangladesh

    Dhaka, Bangladesh
    Seed Grant Contest
    Winner

  • 5th Athens Digital Film Festival

    Athens
    December 31, 2014

  • International Children's and Youth Film Festival

    Russia
    November 29, 2015
    Russian Premiere

  • 3rd North Carolina Global Film Festival

    North Carolina, USA
    January 24, 2015
    North American Premiere
    Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor, Best Child Artist

  • Rafi Peer International Film Festival

    Lahore, Pakistan
    December 25, 2014

  • Angkor Wat International Film Festival

    Siem Reap , Cambodia 
    February 27, 2015

  • International Film Festival of South Asia

    Toronto, Canada
    May 15, 2015
    Canadian Premiere

  • 2nd Noida International Film Festival-2015

    Noida (Delhi NCR), India 
    February 7, 2015

  • 8th International Film Festival-2015

    Dhaka, Bangladesh
    January 24, 2015

  • The WideScreen Film & Music Video Festival

    Florida, USA
    February 27, 2015

  • The International Film Festival of Rajasthan-2014

    Rajasthan, India
    January 31, 2015
    Best Film

  • Festival Cinemística - 2015

    Granada, Spain
    September 19, 2015
    Spanish Premiere

  • Tuscany Prize for Film – 2015

    Massachusetts, USA
    January 31, 2015

  • 3rd Darbhanga International Film Festival/ The International Film Festival Of Bihar 2015

    Bihar, India
    February 19, 2015

  • Vittorio Veneto Film Festival - Kids and Teens international film festival

    Vittorio Veneto, Italy
    April 14, 2015
    Italian Premiere

  • BioBioCine,Concepción International Film Festival 2015

    Chile
    April 23, 2015
    Chilean Premiere

  • 7th Nashik International Film Festival 2015

    Nashik, India
    March 19, 2015

  • 5th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival-2015

    Noida, India
    April 30, 2015

  • CineRockom International Film Festival

    Hollywood-Las Vegas, USA
    June 9, 2015

  • Julien Dubuque International Film Festival

    Iwoa, USA
    April 23, 2015

  • The People’s Film Festival

    New york, USA
    May 28, 2015

  • 7th CMS International Film Festival -2015

    Lucknow, India 
    April 7, 2015

  • The Gulf of Naples Independent Film Festival

    Naples, Italy
    May 9, 2015
    Best Film

  • , The Kids Festival 2015

    Spain

  • The 17th Roxbury International Film Festival

    Massachusetts, USA 
    June 26, 2015
    New England Premiere

  • 7th Trenton Film Festival

    New Jersey, USA 
    June 13, 2015
    Honorable Mention Award

  • 16th Rainbow Film Festival

    London, Uk 
    May 25, 2015

  • 7th Picknic Film Festival

    Santander, Spain 
    June 23, 2015
    BEST FILM

  • 7th Festival Internacional de Cine de Tarapacá

    Tarapacá , Chile 
    May 22, 2015
    BEST FEATURE FILM

  • Festival Internacional de Cine y Audiovisual Infantil y Juvenil (V FICAIJ)

    Mérida, Venezuela 
    May 24, 2015

  • 13th Ischia Film Festival

    Ischia, Italy
    June 27, 2015

  • 8th the International Festival "Goddess on the Throne" - FILMFESTKOSOVA

    The Republic of Kosova 
    June 1, 2015

  • Jefferson State Flixx Festival 2015

    California, USA 
    September 24, 2015

  • 3rd Ariano International Film Festival

    Ariano Irpino, Italy 
    July 30, 2015

  • 2nd Benicia Film Festival

    Benicia, CA, USA
    September 4, 2015

  • Piton International Film Festival (PIFF)

    New Jersey, USA
    September 2, 2015

  • OM Film Fest

    Kansas City, MO, USA
    September 6, 2015

  • Slum Film Festival

    Nairobi, Kenya
    August 24, 2015

  • International Peace & Film Festival

    Orlando, Florida, USA
    November 12, 2015

  • 8th Columbia Gorge International Film Festival

    Venice, CA , USA
    August 6, 2015

  • 10th Marbella International Film Festival

    Marbella, Spain
    October 7, 2015

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