Sohel Rahman

Sohel Rahman (Bangladesh)

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 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 75” (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 European joint masters 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 in CANNES award winning Portuguese film A Fabrica de Nada (2017) as an intern. His graduation film A Passagem (2014) screened in many film festivals and universities including Doclisboa international film festival and Cinemateca Portuguesa. He made a feature length creative documentary film The Ice Cream Sellers (2021) about the Rohingya genocide through the eyes of children. The Ice Cream Sellers (2021) has been screened in many film festivals especially in The USA, Germany, France, India, Nepal, Canada and Colombia. Sohel teaches film in different universities and institutes in Portugal and Bangladesh as an invited filmmaker. He is the director and chief organizer of Mostra de Cinema sul Asiatico, Lisbon, Portugal. Sohel is currently working on his new film, Dancing with the Sea, about the deadly works and daily lives of four Portuguese barnacles fishermen in the Atlantic Ocean. His Notable film works are: A Passagem 25* (2014) The Stranger 10( 2013), The Sketch 10 (2013) Undef


  • Tobu o Duronto
    Undefeated, 2011, Dhaka
  • The Ice Cream Sellers
  • Kolpona
    2015, Portugal
  • A Passagem
    2014, Portugal
  • The Stranger
    2014, Brussels
  • The Sketch
    2013, Budapest
  • The Window
    2012, Lisbon
  • Story of Sangu
    2010, Chittagong is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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