The Border Within

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Dr. Tawhid is a pediatrician in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In 2017, he visited the Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar as a volunteer medic, where he met Osman, a 14-year-old Rohingya boy. “I want to study. I want to become a doctor like you,” Osman reminded Tawhid himself as a kid. Tawhid was triggered to raise fund for Osman, and promised Osman to fight for his future.

After that, Tawhid and Osman stay in touch over the phone, and as time passes, Tawhid becomes Osman’s only portal to a better life outside the camp. At this point, Tawhid finally starts to worry about giving Osman a false dream, because he cannot be the answer to Osman’s life.

Tawhid is planning another trip to see Osman, but he must craft a sustainable plan for his independence, as this is very likely his last visit. In a world that is inevitably built on inequalities and borders, how are they going to break the boundaries?

Directed by Boan Wang and Nuruzzaman Khan (Taiwan)

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