Bad Weather

BAD WEATHER tells the story of Banishanta Island. It is made up of a community of sex workers. Living on a tiny sliver of land 100 meters long and only ten meters wide in the Bay of Bengal, south Bangladesh, this community survives at the frontline of climate change. The rising river, soil erosion and frequent cyclones are slowly destroying what is left of the island. Razia, Khadija and Shefali, three of the last 65 women left living there, are in a battle for their homes, the future of their families, and even their quest for true love. As they strive to hold onto their livelihood, time is running out. Soon the whole of Banishanta will be totally submerged under water, making it one of the first real casualties of the shifting global environment.



Country of Production
Germany / UK

Year of Production

Digi Beta Pal, HDCam

58 / 82 min

Giovanni Giommi

Production Filmproduktion in co-production with Cornbread Films, Century Films and ZDF in association with ARTE, YLE, NRK

Original Language

English, French

Festivals / Awards

DOK Leipzig 2011
IDFA 2011
Torino IFF 2011
DocPoint Helsinki 2012
DocPoint Tallinn 2012
ZagrebDox 2012 (Special Mention)
Festival Cinema Africano Asia America Latina Milano 2012
Visions du Réel Nyon 2012
Documentary Edge New Zealand 2012
DocAviv Tel-Aviv 2012
Planete Doc Review Warsaw 2012
Bellaria FF 2012 (Best Italian Doc Award)
Pärnu IDF 2012
Galway Film Fleadh 2012
Women's FF Chennai 2012
Lemesos IDF 2012
Message to Man St. Petersburg IFF 2012
Vancouver IFF 2012
Filmfest Osnabrück 2012
Flahertiana IDF Perm 2012 (Award for Best Documentary in the Int. Competition, International Critics Prize [FIPRESCI])
Ad Hoc: Inconvenient FF Vilnius 2012
Anûû-rû âboro FF New Caledonia 2012
Margaret Mead FVF New York 2012 (Special Mention)
Sydney Big Picture FF 2013

nominated for Cinema for Peace Award 2012
nominated for the Italian David di Donatello Award in the category Feature-length Doc