Directed by Maarten Schmidt and Thomas Doebele
Distributed by First Run/Icarus Films
32 Court Street, Floor 21, Brooklyn, NY 11201
1999. 53 minutes, English subtitles
That’s Why I’m Working is a deeply moving story of young boys and girls in the urban trenches of Dacca (Dhaka), Bangladesh, a country with more than 110 million people. This is a story that is very close to my heart, as it closely reflects my own personal experience as a boy growing up in Nepal. Embedded in this story is the instinct and imperative of survival. It is moving, not so much because it is a familiar Dickensonian tale of children trapped in poverty, but because children themselves tell their stories in a fashion that leaves little margin for manipulation.