SOUTHEAST OF SUBURBIA / FRA BÆRUM TIL BANGLADESH
The documentary follows a young adopted Norwegian woman who travels back to Bangladesh to find her roots, and later discovers that what meets her in Bangladesh doesn’t feel like home to her anymore and that she has become fully Norwegian.
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Original title: Fra Bærum til Bangladesh
Direction: Anne Berit Vestby
Photo: Anne Berit Vestby
Editor: Ove Kenneth Nilsen
Music: Sverre Indris Joner
Length: 50 mins
Production year: 1997
Production company: SubrosaFilm
Aired on: TV2 (Norway), SVT (Sweden), WTN (Canada)
"From an emotional standpoint, this is probably the most demanding film that I have ever made. It began with Salma, as my neighbor. She wanted to return to her birth country, Bangladesh, and look for her family. I went to Bangladesh first time alone and then went back with Salma and the crew, including her Norwegian sister. The film brought us to areas of Bangladesh where no white man had ever set foot. We managed to find her family with good help from the Norwegian Arild Klokkerhaug, which had residence in Bangladesh. It was a magical moment captured on the film. It turned out Salma was uncomfortable with the whole situation and longed back to Norway.
I was totally unprepared for the outcome of this film. It became an important feature in discussions about heritage and the environment, and was shown in anthropological festivals around the globe."