This is the third in a series of films that appear under the title The Young Man Was by visual artist Naeem Mohaiemen, who received a Guggenheim and a Creative Time fellowship for the project. It relates the story of Peter Custers, a Dutchman who arrived in Bangladesh in 1973 to report on the left-wing revolutionary movement and was imprisoned in 1975 by the military government. Accused of planning a secret leftist uprising in Bangladesh, he was released from jail only after a long campaign by Dutch activists. Peter Custers, who was especially focused on bringing education to and raising awareness amongst poor farmers in Bangladesh, died unexpectedly last September in Leiden.
Mohaiemen, who works in Dhaka and in New York, especially focuses in this series on the events surrounding the birth of a nation in Bangladesh and radical leftist movements in Asia and Europe.

Filmmaker
Naeem Mohaiemen
Country
Bangladesh, USA, Netherlands
Year
2015
Medium
DCP
Length
82’
Language
English, Dutch, Bengali
Producer
Naeem Mohaiemen
Production Company
Nilufar Inc.
Sales
Nilufar Inc.
Writer
Naeem Mohaiemen
Cinematography
Naeem Mohaiemen, Lucas P. Smith, Chloë Bass
Editor
Naeem Mohaiemen
Production Design
Chloë Bass
Sound Design
Marcelo Añez
Music
Lucky Akhond, Ralph Chaplin
Website
http://shobak.org