An afternoon with Bangladeshi filmmaker Sohel Rahman

A Development Research seminar
Tuesday 15 Nov 2022, 12:00 - 16:00
Spoken Language
Aula B
International Institute of Social Studies
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The ice cream sellers - film poster

In this special Development Research Seminar/ Governance, Migration and Diversity Track-organized event, we will screen two films by Bangladeshi filmmaker Sohel Rahman

  • The Ice Cream Sellers is a feature-length creative documentary film about two siblings and other genocide survivors of the Rohingya community who fled from Myanmar into Bangladesh.

    The ice cream sellers - film poster
  • Songs From Another Eden is a shorter film about the life of a Nepalese fruit pickers couple in the south of Portugal.

    Songs from another Eden - film poster

Filmmaker Sohel Rahman will be present to introduce the films and engage with the audience.


11:50 – Walk in
12:00 – Introduction of Sohel (Director and Producer of films)
12:10 – Screening Ice Cream Sellers (75 mins)
13:25 – Q&A Ice Cream Sellars
13:50 – Break with sandwiches
14:50 – Screening Songs from Another Eden (30 mins)
15:20 – Q&A Songs of Another Eden
15:45 – End 

Sohel Rahman

About Sohel Rahman

Sohel is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and producer based in Lisbon, Portugal. His films have been screened internationally in various film festivals and universities around the world.

Sohel received the best feature documentary film award from the South Asian Film Festival of Montreal, Canada in 2021, and from Tasveer South Asian film Festival, Seattle in 2021 for his film The Ice Cream Sellers (2021). He also received the best film award from Lusofona University, Lisbon in 2015 for his film A Passagem (2014). In the same year, he won the Special Jury Award at the Encontros International Cinema de Vienna Film Festival in Portugal.

Born in Chittagong, Bangladesh, Sohel’s love of visual art, literature and storytelling drew him to filmmaking early in life. In 2014 Sohel received a European joint master's degree in documentary film directing (Docnomads) from three prominent European Universities (Lusofona University, Lisbon, University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest, and Sint LUKAS International University,

Brussels). He also studied English literature at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet, Bangladesh. Sohel finished the first semester of his PhD study in social and cultural anthropology at NOVA University of Lisbon.

He worked on the CANNES award-winning Portuguese film A Fabrica de Nada (2017) as an intern. His graduation film, A Passagem (2014), was screened in many film festivals and universities including Doclisboa international film festival and Cinemateca Portuguesa. His first feature-length creative documentary film The Ice Cream Sellers (2021) about the Rohingya genocide has been screened in many film festivals, especially in the USA, Germany, France, India, Nepal, Canada, and Colombia.

Sohel is the director and chief organizer of Mostra de Cinema sul Asiatico, Lisbon, Portugal.



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