Bou is about Rohingya girls who are sold into marriage by traffickers. It also explores the mindset of the men who buy them for thousands of dollars.


About Mahi Ramakrishnan

Mahi Ramakrishnan is an investigative journalist and independent filmmaker with 21 years experience in the media industry. She has worked in both print and broadcast media such as the Associated Press, Time Magazine, USA Today, Al Jazeera, BBC, Voice of America, and National Geographic. She started making investigative films eight years ago, working on issues such as trafficking, child sex trade, migrant workers, refugees, and statelessness. Filmmaking remains her passion as she uses her documentaries and storytelling techniques to create awareness, organize communities, lobby parliamentarians, heads of states, government bodies, and nongovernmental organizations to act on pressing issues.

Mahi is also a researcher and works with Transparentem on labor issues. The last project for them was on the abuse and trafficking of migrant workers in Malaysia’s garment factory. Besides Transparentem, Mahi works as a research consultant with Malaysia’s Opposition lawmaker and Chair of ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights, Charles Santiago, on issues of migrant workers, refugees, and migration patterns, and the Transpacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

Mahi, also an activist, has worked closely with the Rohingya community over eleven years. Together with her son, Mahi started Refugees at Workan online platform that connects refugees with employers and Twenty Four/7, a web channel that focuses on global refugee-related news.


Director’s Statement

Bou (bride) stands a good chance of promoting a regional conversation that could lead toward ending child marriages in the Rohingya community.