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A Window on Asian Cinema

The Scavenger of Dreams
  • Family/Child
  • City/Urbanization
  • Human Rights/Labor/Social
  • Country/RegionIndia
  • Production Year2023
  • Running Time85min
  • Format DCP
  • ColorColor
Program Note
Birju and Shona live in the slums with their daughter Muni. Together they navigate Kolkata’s affluent neighborhoods each very morning, collecting trash on a handcart. They sift through salvageable items from among the discarded materials and bring them home. These items become the medium for stories they share with their daughter each night. When Birju receives a work order from his supervisor to collect a discarded motorcycle, he finds himself in trouble since he doesn’t know how to ride one. Suman Ghosh, who shared keen insights into Indian society in his previous work, skillfully combines documentary realism and magical realism through an immersive lens that delves into the daily lives of the garbage-collecting couple. The fantasies narrated to their daughter intertwine with Birju’s practical anxieties, addressing the themes of social inequality and economic disparity while maintaining a warm perspective on the life of a family with dreams. (HONG Soin)
Suman Ghosh is an Indian filmmaker and a professor of Economics at Florida Atlantic University. He has made eight feature films, including Nobel Chor (2012), Shyamal Uncle Turns off the Lights (2013), Peace Haven (2016), and Aadhaar (2019). His films have been featured at prestigious film festivals around the world, including the Busan International Film Festival, the Vancouver International Film Festival, and the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The Scavenger Of Dreams is an 2019 APM project selection.
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Production Company
Maya Leela Films
United States 540 BRICKELL KEY DR; Miami; FL 33131; USA
CFP Films
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