Monthly Archives: July 2010

Surviving Aila in Sunderban (আয়লা পেরিয়ে)

Surviving Aila (আয়লা পেরিয়ে)

One year after the cyclone Aila tore through the lives of people of Sunderbans, the struggle is still on to come to terms with the losses. Aid is coming only in trickles, relief has stopped altogether.


Gorkhaland: In Search Of Motherland (মাতৃভূমির খোঁজে)

In Search Of Motherland (মাতৃভূমির খোঁজে)

This documentary is about the ensuing agitation in the hills of North Bengal, carried out by the local residents or natives, demanding for a separate  state, Gorkhaland. The movement has earned fame as the Gorkhaland Movement and has been the cause of much disturbance in the hilly regions around Darjeeling. We show the actual ground realities in the area through interviews and coverage of many incidents that have occurred since the beginning of the movement. We try to trace the beginning of such demands, the history of the place and its people.

This documentary is in Bengali.
The English version of the documentary is here :

This film traces the history of the Gorkhas in North Bengal. Focusing on their deprivation since the colonial times, the film brings to light how the demand for Gorkhaland transcends the demand for ‘development’ and develops into a movement for the right to identity of the Gorkhas. It is a quest for the Gorkhas to curve out a state to call their own, their motherland. Through this movement the people of the hills send a clear message, they are unique enough to demand a state of their own, their language, culture, clothes, food habits and even looks are entirely different. By no means are they Bengali and all of this reinforces their demand of separation from Bengal.

Big Capital in Retail: Matsyanyay (মাত্স্যন্যায়)

Matsyanyay (মাত্স্যন্যায়)

This is a documentary film about the entry of retail business in small industries and their effects on the small time businessmen as well as the common man. The name is a Bengali word matsyanyay (মাত্সান্যয়) which means a chaotic situation in which the big fishes eat the small fishes. Similarly, the entry of multi-national giants in small businesses have dealt a killing blow to the group of merchants in question. In response they have revolted against the many number of retail shops set up in various parts of the country. We take you through their movements and their demands and try to answer the questions of the effect this change in business stratagem may have on the economy and more importantly on the everyday life of the common man and the local businessman.

Matsanyay was made in the backdrop of massive capital investment in the Retail sector of West Bengal. The arrival of big capital in this sector meant massive spurt in growth of shopping malls and super markets. There was immediate loss of business for the traditional groceries, corporation markets and street hawkers. Even the wholesale market was not spared. Corporate giants came in to replace several middle players. The big corporations bought products directly from the producers and sold it to end users.

This film focuses on the impending loss of employment of several thousands from this process, especially in Bengal and also tried to bring to light the kind of jobs being generated in the process.

Kashmir: The Valley of Death

The Valley of Death

A human rights team from West Bengal made a visit to the Kashmir valley in the recent past. This film is the result of that footage gathered during that visit. Edited out of the footage of a solitary visit, the film has its limitations, however it does not fail to document the burning aspiration of the Kashmiri population, their demand for independence from the Indian military rule. The documentary also captures stories of horror narrated by the locals and also films agitations and street fights. All this in one visit definitely points to something that Indian mainstream media systematically ignores. The campaign now a days is that “violence” in the Valley is at an “all time low”.

The film is in partially in English and partially in Hindi.
Director: Sitanshu Sekhar

Eviction: In the Name of Development(উন্নয়নের নামে)

In the Name of Development(উন্নয়নের নামে)

This film focuses on the movement of Singur and Nandigram. It tries to accommodate the debate the rose following the attempted acquisition of fertile agricultural land forcefully by the state to hand it over to big corporates.

The film is in Bengali (বাংলা) but has english subtitles.
Director: Partha Sarathi Banerjee

The story of the struggle at Nandigram: Bujhecho Upen (বুঝেছ উপেন)

Bujhecho Upen (বুঝেছ উপেন)

A film on the beginning of the Nandigram movement.

The film is in Bengali (বাংলা).
Director: Sitanshu Sekhar

Nandigram Movement: For the sake of Development (উন্নয়নের জন্য)

For the sake of Development (উন্নয়নের জন্য)

This is a continuation of the earlier film Bujhecho Upen (বুঝেছ উপেন) and covers the second half of the Nandigram movement.

The film is in Bengali (বাংলা) but has english subtitles.
Director: Sitanshu Sekhar