Scene from the film The Passage
Scene from the film The Passage
Scene from the film The Passage
Scene from the film The Passage

The Passage

  • Portugal
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"A Passagem" portrays a brief glimpse into the lives of Idalina (82) and Brazida (79), two Portuguese old shepherd women from Algarve, who live in the middle of nowhere. The film speaks volumes about their lives as well as the twilight of life itself. Two old sisters with their Stoic philosophy, tell the story of their hard works, way of living, as well as a tragedy of husband´s accidental death and more than that, tell the story of countless honourable poor people on every continent. There is an unique interaction and universal human relationship between a Bangladeshi filmmaker and two old Portuguese shepherd despite language and socio-cultural barrier. This film was produced as a “graduation film” for the Erasmus Mundus DocNomads master program in documentary film-directing.


  • Original Title
    A Passagem
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Sohel Rahman
  • Cinematography
    Sohel Rahman, Tobias Pehbock
  • Editing
    Rui Mendes, Sohel Rahman
  • Sound
    Sohel Rahman, Tobias Pehbock
  • Runtime
    24 min (16-30 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Portugal
  • Format
    • Colour
    • Black & White
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • Doclisboa 2014
    • Xvencontros Cinema Viana 2015
  • Awards
    • Xvencontros Cinema Viana 2015 - special mention
    • Lusofona University Lisbon - the best documentary film of 2015 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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