Prisoner Amnesty: Bondimukti (বন্দিমুক্তি)
In the backdrop of apparent regime change in West Bengal, the issue of general amnesty to political prisoners have become an important debate. While it has been a part of the election manifesto the the present ruling party Trinamul Congress, after coming to power it has moved back and forth in implementing the promise. There has been issues related to selection of political prisoners for release, there has been acquisition of arbitrariness and political favoritism as far as the list to political prisoners to be released is concerned.
This documentary is part of our effort to capture the aspects of the ongoing debate which we felt were vital and yet getting marginalized.
This film takes up the issue of rape and physical violence particularly on women. It takes into account stories of women from length and breadth of West Bengal who are victims of the crime. Featuring criminal rapes of isolated women to the systematic organized rape as a tool of terror, this film combines excellent acting and chilling interviews to bring forth this very sensitive issue.
The film is in Bengali (বাংলা) but has english subtitles.
Director: Nilanjan Dutta
Manipur: A documentary
An obscure documentary about the atrocities carried out by Indian Armed forces on the protesting population of Manipur and the unbelievable courage on display by protesting masses
This documentary does not provide much information about it’s makers. If anyone has some information, do provide.
and Badal Sircar (এবং বাদল সরকার)
This is a docudrama about the enigmatic Bengal playwright Badal Sarkar, who was known for his anti-establishment plays since the days of Naxalbari movement. He was not just a playwright and drama director but an innovator and leader of a theatre movement, of an egalitarian form, the “Third Theatre”.
This docudrama captures Badal Sarkar’s motivations and energy behind his successful theatre movement through certain events that was part of his everyday life. Througha series of discussions with children of his locality, Badal Sarkar summarises the history of theatre and the idea of third theatre in this docudrama.
This film apart from reflecting Badal Sarkar the playwright, also upholds several other traits of this unique personality in the limited scope.
Director: Swapna Dutta
1982 Bijon Setu: Signature of Violence
On the morning of April 30, 1982, a nun and 16 Ananda Marga monks were dragged out of taxis by cadres of CPI(M) the rulng party of West Bengal in Kolkata’s southern suburbs. They were beaten and then set on fire. The killings were witnessed by thousands of people. However, not a single arrest has been made till date.
This documentary made 29 years later, looks back at the shocking incident the took place in front of crowds of people but none spoke out in fear of the CPI(M) which had absolute power.
Director: Tushar Bhattacharya
Marichjhanpi 1978-79: Tortured Humanity
The Marichjhanpi incident is one of the darkest episodes of CPI(M) led government of West Bengal. The refugees who were roped in with a lot of promises by the CPI(M) were betrayed after the elections. The settlement established by refugees in the Marichjhanpi island of Sunderban was dealt with iron fists by the West Bengal government who deemed it’ illegal’. Subsequently they were brutally evicted by the police and hired mercenaries who butchered the resisting people, raped the women and burnt down entire settlements.
This documentary made almost 30 years later, dwells on the gory happenings at Marichjhanpi and the politics surrounding it.
Director: Tushar Bhattacharya