Director: Partha Sen Gupta
Navigating azoospermia (the absence of sperm in the
semen), I form an unexpected bond with my wife's niece, redefining fatherhood
and uncovering profound connections.
"Beyond the Biological Bond: Embracing
Fatherhood" embarks on a profound and philosophical journey, reshaping my
view of life and love. As a 39-year-old independent filmmaker from Dhaka,
Bangladesh, I face an unexpected turn when diagnosed with azoospermia in the
early 2020s, leaving me emotionally shaken and challenged in my desire for fatherhood
with my beloved wife, Tandra. The film follows my journey with Bari (6), my
wife's niece, navigating the impact of azoospermia on my life and artistry.
While contending with unanticipated challenges, a profound shift in perspective
impacts my love for storytelling, urging me to connect with those who defy
social norms. Amidst vulnerability, Bari's innocence becomes a guiding light,
inspiring me to redefine manhood and dispel infertility taboos through
filmmaking. As aspirations waver due to my wife's distant job offer, I
contemplate adopting Bari, sparking the quest to connect with her parents and
express my deepest wishes.
As the director of "Beyond the Biological Bond:
Embracing Fatherhood" I am profoundly shaped by this personal and artistic
journey. The film explores resiliency, relationships, and the complexities of
fatherhood, reflecting my passion for storytelling and life-altering
I aim to showcase my enthusiasm for narrative and
pivotal moments, intertwining them with the challenges of fatherhood and the
impact of azoospermia, reshaping my perspective on parenting and unearthing
suppressed emotions. Confronting the vulnerabilities of azoospermia becomes a
journey of self-discovery, with my relationship with Bari, my wife's niece,
serving as a profound inspiration.
Through this film, my goal is to advance awareness,
spark critical discussions, and draw attention to a topic that is often
undervalued and to my experience as an azoospermic man in a world dominated by
men. The examination of the human experience is both tough and emotional, as it
illuminates the genuine meaning of parenthood.
The film also aims to make a point about how society
treats couples facing infertility, confronting unfair stigmatization and blame
directed solely at women. Through "Metamorphic Connections," I
portray the power of time spent with a child, reshaping human psychology, and
making our lives more precious and peaceful in the modern world.
I strive to contribute to a compassionate world that
embraces the true essence of parenthood, irrespective of the challenges faced.
By sharing this personal journey, I hope to inspire empathy, appreciation, and
a deeper connection with the transformative power of fatherhood and genuine
human connections through the lens of my camera. The documentary paints a
tapestry of emotions, weaving a compelling story that transcends societal
boundaries and resonates with the essence of parenthood, inviting audiences on
a transformative and thought-provoking voyage.