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5 Films for the Spirit of Liberation

December is an important month in our country. December is when all Bengalis unite, it is when all citizens are patriots, it is when independence is in the air, and victory is in our hearts. To truly be in the spirit of liberation, here is a list of movies that can not only educate you about the most important part of our history- the 1971 war- but also make you feel exactly what you ought to be feeling during this month- triumphant.



Ora Egaro Jon:  is a 1972 Bengali historical drama film written by Al Masood and directed by Chashi Nazrul Islam, based on the Bangladesh Liberation War. Director Islam and lead actor Khasru were both members of Mukti Bahini (liberation army). After Bangladesh won their independence, this was the first feature film about our Liberation War. The movie narrates the story of 11 valiant freedom fighters and their struggles against the Pakistani occupation forces.



Aguner Poroshmoni: is a 1994 film based on the novel of the same name, written and directed by Humayun Ahmed. The film won National Film Award in eight categories including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Plot. It was the first movie directed by Humayun Ahmed. Unconventional plot, humorous dialogues, lively characters and unique style of story line were the landmarks of the film. The film starred Asaduzzaman Noor, Bipasha Hayat, Doli Johur and Dilara Zaman.





Muktir Gaan: is a 1995 Bangladeshi documentary film directed by Tareque Masud and Catherine Masud. It explores the impact of cultural identity on the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971, where music and songs provided a source of inspiration to the freedom fighters and a spiritual bond for the whole emerging nation. In Muktir Gaan, Tareque and Catherine used original footage by American film-maker Lear Levin, as well as other archival footage collected from the UK and India.





Stop Genocide: is a 1971 documentary film by eminent Bangladeshi filmmaker Zahir Raihan. It is a 20-minute film that documents the killings and atrocities carried out by the Pakistan Army on the people of the then East Pakistan. It also depicts the plight of the refugees and the activities of the Government in exile. The narrative was in English and it was in fact a great opportunity to convey the message of the sufferings of oppressed people of Bangladesh, to the rest of the world.






Guerilla: is a 2011 Bangladeshi film based on the events of the Bangladesh Liberation War. An adaptation of the novel Nishiddho Loban by Syed Shamsul Huq, it was released on 14 April 2011. The book has been envisioned by the director of the film Nasiruddin Yousuf Bachchu. He has crafted the film Guerrilla with his own experience as a freedom fighter of 1971. Joya Ahsan, Ferdous Ahmed, Pijush Bandhyopaddhay, Ahmed Rubel, Shatabdi Wadud, Shampa Reza, and more have acted in the film.

Information Source: Wikipedia.

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