Moving Bangladesh

Nuhash Humayun, Director/Writer 
Bijon Imtiaz, Producer 
Arifur Rahman, Producer 

Sloan Grant(s) Received:
2021, Sloan Development Fellowship, Sundance Institute
2021, Sloan Fast Track Grant, Film Independent

Project Type: Feature 

Genre: Drama 

Length: 100 pages 

Field of Science: Programming 

Stage: Development 


Living in Dhaka, Elius, 23, feels he’s spent his entire life stuck in traffic. Dhaka is one of the most densely populated cities in the world, but the roads aren’t the only reason he feels stagnant. His family, his relationship, and his countless failed businesses leave him in a state of inertia. Desperate to solve the problem of traffic, his last hope is a ridesharing company called Pathao (‘send’ in Bengali). Similar to Uber, but using motorbike taxis that can whiz through traffic—perfect for congested cities like his own. As Pathao grows exponentially, becoming a part of everyone’s life, Elius soon realizes failure is easier to live with than overnight success. Based on the true story of Elius Hussain, who, at the age of 24, created a motorbike-based ridesharing app—landing him a spot in Forbes “30 under 30.”