GDI academic produces documentary looking at the effects of climate change
(4 September 2016)
Dr Joanne Jordan, Global Development Institute, has produced a documentary about Bangladeshi ‘Pot Gan’ theatre performances based on her research into climate change reliance in Dhaka. The documentary and Pot Gan performance can be viewed on the GDI website.
Joanne spent months in the slums of Dhaka talking to over 600 people in their homes, work places, local teashops and on street corners to understand how climate change is linked to or creating problems in their ‘everyday’ lives and how they are trying to find solutions to those problems.
With the research complete, she teamed up with the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Dhaka to explore the findings through a ‘Pot Gan’; a traditional folk medium that combines melody, drama, pictures and dancing. The Pot Gan was performed three times, including in the local slum community where she carried out her work.
The subsequent documentary explores the Pot Gan, day-to-day effects of climate change in Bangladesh and how academics can use innovative means to communicate research findings. The documentary recently premiered at the Manchester Museum as part of its Climate Control exhibition and will be screened to both international and national audiences, next in London.
‘The Lived Experience of Climate Change: A Story of One Piece of Land in Dhaka’ was produced by Green Ink, a Dhaka-based new media studio specialising in documentaries, and was directed by Green Ink. CEO Ehsan Kabir.
- Find out more about Joanne's research.