That’s why I’m working, 14 years later: Raihan

Maarten Schmidt

Raihan (20 years old) was the cheerful boy who scared his classmates with a frog 14 years ago. Every morning he travels by bus one hour and a half from the slums to his work. He has a slick appearance: gelled hair, super low Gucci hiphuggers and a mobile phone in his back pocket. He works in a trendy clothes store in Dhaka. 'Rich people live in this neighborhood. My colleagues know that I am poor. But they don't know exactly where I live or what my house looks like.' Raihan's parents are looking for a suitable bride. They are not asking for a dowry. His mother says: 'We don't want to negotiate with poor people. We are poor, too. If Raihan likes her and we don't, the marriage won't go through.'

Credits

Content rating
AL
Director
Maarten Schmidt
Country
Bangladesh
Type
Documentary
Duration
11 minutes
Themes
children and youth, cultural rights & traditions, education & schools, poverty
Year
2012