Sonargaon, a City Steeped in History
For centuries, Sonargaon in Bangladesh was a bustling trade center famous for its fine cotton muslin. The city had been under Buddhist, Hindu, Persian then Muslim rule before falling to the British in the late 19th century, serving as a busy commercial port at one end of the Silk Road.
Steeped in a rich cultural, religious and political history, this once sublime and sumptuous city has always been vulnerable to flooding—it lies at sea level at the Ganges Delta—and for the past 20 years international experts agree it will be among the first victims of rising ocean waters.
Today Sonargaon is mostly abandoned except for a handful of families who have moved into its stately homes, mossy relics of a colonial past. During one rainy season we share the lives and hopes of these remaining few who feel powerless against the city’s ruin.
- Travel & Discovery
- Producer(s) & Channel(s):
- A Prime Groupe / France 5
- Jeremie Attali
- English / French