Bangladesh is one of the most populous countries in the world and it is often said that life has little value here. This sentiment takes on a grim reality in the documentary, “Overpopulation,” which portrays a very human struggle with the effects of overcrowding.
The film opens with an image of Gazi, a man who dives naked into the sewers of Dhaka, a city of 15 million people. In these murky depths he searches for gold, but in return he is exposed to dangerous toxins and injuries, all for his family’s sake. He knows that this labor will be short-lived due to its harshness, but it is the only available work he can find to provide for his children and try to free them from their destitution.
Religious faith is central to many people’s lives in Bangladesh as they cope with their difficult circumstances. Each year during Ramadan, thousands flock to Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in Dhaka despite overcrowding and sanitation risks. The sheer number of visitors highlights the poverty crisis here—those without access to food or water must seek refuge at mosques like this one in search of sustenance and solace.
The film does not simply present facts about overpopulation in Bangladesh—it adds emotional depth by highlighting individual stories within this complex situation. It shows how resilience against adversity comes from families that are determined to ensure their children have hope for a brighter future regardless of their current circumstance.
“Overpopulation” offers viewers a powerful look at humanity amidst extreme poverty and overpopulation through stories both heartbreaking and inspiring. By viewing this documentary, viewers gain an understanding of what life can really be like when resources are stretched beyond their limits, yet still show strength in adversity when there seems no way out.