The Tale of a Policeman (35mm / Color / 90min / Bangladesh)
Abu Shahed EMON
Abu Shahed EMON
Abu Shahed EMON
Abu Shahed Emon, a young Bangladeshi independent filmmaker, majored in psychology at Dhaka University, Bangladesh; and studied filmmaking in Sydney Film School and RMIT University, Australia. During his university years, he actively participated in the film society movement and became interested in filmmaking.
From 2007, Emon studied communication at the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse in the U.S. for a semester, sponsored by US Department of State’s NESA program. Later, he received the internationally competitive and merit-based `Endeavor Award` to study filmmaking funded by Australian Government. In Australia, Emon received Diploma of Screen and Media from Sydney Film School (2009) & Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media from RMIT University (2010).
Emon participated in Asian Film Academy (AFA) fellowship program in 2010. His screenplay "Joon and Wendy" has been selected for production. His excellent performance in AFA last year won him ‘AFA Scholarship Fund’, which is provided to only one candidate each year. The fund will offer USD $20,000 worth of post-production support for his film produced by Technicolor in Thailand. Emon also received USD $10,000 from the Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) for Script Development of his project "The Tale of a Policeman" in 2011.
Tahrima Khan is a young Bangladeshi producer of Batayan Productions. She will be working on The Tale of a Good Police. Before, she produced several television productions and short films with Emon. Her production, Angel of Our Town directed by Emon, has been nominated for the Asian Television Award in Singapore. It has also premiered at 2009 International Children’s Film Festival, Dhaka . She also does researching and producing for documentaries. The colour of Water a documentary on the victims of climate change in Bangladesh was funded by the British Council International Climate Champions Program. She also produced documentary series on the Tribal Community of Chittagong Hill tracks of Bangladesh, funded by the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) and TOYMU.
Batayan Productions has already proven its commitment and endeavors into making quality Bangladeshi films. The production house will work as a primary organizer for The Tale of a Good Police and work to attract various sources of funds for the project.
The tale of a policeman is a psycho-political period drama about a young man, Yakub, who wants to become a policeman. The story starts in 1972, in the post-war Bangladesh and finishes in 1991, when the people’s movement of democracy succeeds. We see the journey of this character, from birth to death, in different points of his life and his struggle and passion for the police job.
The first major plot point of the story begins with the birth of this character and his mother’s death. His father declares him as a born-unlucky. Yakub grows up through a hard childhood and always dreams of becoming a confident police man like his father. Being an average student it takes three times for him to complete his secondary school and fulfill the requirement for the police job. But he fails to get the job.
The second major plot point of the story begins with his deception and confrontation about the police job. Though he didn’t get the job, he lies to his family and they believe that he is a policeman. Yakub keeps his dream alive by getting a job as an assistant in a police catering service. In the backdrop we see the 1990’s democratic movement of Bangladesh. Yakub continues his effort to become a policeman. Soon he finds a new opportunity for working in a film as a police extra. He keeps wearing his police costumes in days and night. He confuses his dream with his reality. He starts believing himself to be a police man. At one point, he leaks some important information to the police, against his own friend.
The third major plot points begins with his experience of the brutality of the police on the protesters. Throughout the film, Yakub continually developed his own understanding of the need for democracy and he convinced himself. After losing his beloved and for regaining the trust of his friend, Yakub decides to help the demonstrators by carrying some leaflets wearing his police costume. A group of protesters attack him, thinking him to be a real police officer. Yakub dies. The police capture his dead body and announce him to be a brave soldier who died in the field. They use Yakub as propaganda. Yakub always wanted to belong to the police and finally, in his death, becomes one of them.