A THREE WHEELER’S MAN (DHAKA VS MALACCA)

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An episode from the series TAXI TO ASIA

Format: HD
Duration: 26 ’
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Available version: English
Rights: All Rights | Worldwide

Synopsis

Dhaka.
Known as the rickshaw capital of the world, these 3 wheels cycles are everywhere in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Half a million rickshaws ply the roads everyday day and are the main mode of transport. They are usually beautifully decorated pieces of artwork, low-cost and non-polluting cycle but nevertheless the source of huge traffic congestion and, consequently, have been banned on a number of city streets. At 80 years old, Amir, is still fighting to break the chain of poverty.

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Malacca.
“Beca” is the Malay word for trishaw (a tricycle with a side seat for two). It is extremely popular with tourists as reminiscent of the days gone by and a novel way to explore Malacca, one of Malaysia’s most attractive cities. The trishaws here are works of art adorned with bells and baubles, chrome-framed pictures of footballers or film-stars. Loud mouthed 56-year-old rider Ah Siang has been on the job for half his life. He runs a special tour for his guests.