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Girl raped by Pakistani army in 1971

Girl raped by Pakistani army in 1971

This girl who was raped by Pakistani army men died days after filming of this documentary. She was taking treatment at a hospital in Agartala of India after she was found severely wounded as the rapists fired a bullet into her head and abandoned her. This clip is part of a documentary directed...

9 Months to Freedom (1975) by Indian filmmaker S Sukhdev

9 Months to Freedom (1975) by Indian filmmaker S Sukhdev

Indian filmmaker S Sukhdev’s 9 Months To Freedom (1975), is a visual document of our struggles to emerge as an independent nation, and an account of the loss that we incurred during Liberation War 1971. The video was shared on YouTube by the channel of Films Division (URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaL9Z_AyLcs) Circa 1948, Films Division was...

Tears of Fire

Tears of Fire

Tears of Fire directed by Santu Roy is a documentary based on Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. Family members and relatives of the East Pakistani people including intellectuals give their horrific accounts of the atrocities conducted by the Pakistan army during the nine months of Bangladesh's struggle for freedom.

Travelling Film South Asia in Delhi

Travelling Film South Asia in Delhi

Whoever said documentaries had to be soporific and only an exclusive club of documentary filmmakers became excited about the genre? The enthusiastic crowd that turned up at the recent four-day Travelling Film South Asia 2014 -- A festival of South Asian documentaries, proved otherwise. For four days, Delhi audiences had a taste of finely nuanced non-fiction films from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, Nepal and India. Bangladesh went unrepresented as the acclaimed; “Shunte Ki Pao!” had to pull out from the festival at the last moment. The films made strong social and political statements -- be it through the lens of human rights, migration or gender. So there was “My Punjabi...

Bangladesh’er Ridoy - at Montreal World Film Fest

Bangladesh’er Ridoy - at Montreal World Film Fest

Documentary “Bangladesher Ridoy”, directed by Saiful Wadud Helal, is set to be screened at the Documentaries of the World section of the 38th Montreal World Film Festival (MWFF), to be held from August 21 to September 1. The film, shot in Dhaka during the Shahabagh movement in 2013, follows a 10-year old boy named...

The documentary Ray planned to make

The documentary Ray planned to make

WHEN you come across a book on iconic director Satyajit Ray, it is quite natural to expect it to be either about the filmmaker or about his works in various art form --- movies, writings, drawings and music etc. But Satyajit Ray's  Ravi Shankar: An Unfilmed Visual Script is not about a completed compendium of his works but is about a documentary film Ray had planned to make, prepared its visual script (storyboard) and even titled it “A Sitar Recital by Ravi Shankar”but could not shoot it. Why? No one knows, not even his family members, including film-maker-son Sandip Ray. “This is the story of a film that did not...

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Magnificence of Ordinary People

SHUNTE KI PAO <br>Magnificence of Ordinary People

Purity need not be categorised. We feel comfortable seeing things in categories—black, white, solid, liquid, fiction, documentary, etc.—that is how we usually perceive things. And we feel bewildered when things surpass the boundary that upholds categories. So it is not unlikely that we debate about which category the film Shunte Ki Pao (Are...

Capturing a turbulent chapter of history

Capturing a turbulent chapter of history

War is a difficult time. Chaos reigns supreme, and nobody knows what's going to happen the next moment. As bullets and bombs fly through the air, anybody could be in their path, and no one seeks explanations. The first instinct is to survive; to get to safety. And that is what makes documentations...

Kamar Simon brings home Golden Conch

Kamar Simon brings home Golden Conch

Kamar Ahmad Simon's documentary “Shunte Ki Pao!” (“Are You Listening!”) has won the “Golden Conch” for the best documentary in 13th Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF), one of the oldest and prestigious film festivals in Asia. The award was declared in a dazzling ceremony held in Tata Centre in Mumbai on Sunday, where...

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