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Our New Documentary Film : Silence Flows… | नबोल्दा नबोल्दै | বয়ে চলে নীরবতা (Trailer)

 

Documentary Film (60 mins.) on The Life in Margaret’s Hope Tea Garden, Darjeeling

Available in
English, Bengali, Nepali

Furore over the pitiful situation in the closed tea gardens, malnutrition and starvation deaths are common. But what is the situation in the running tea gardens? How are the workers in the so called ‘well-run’ tea gardens owned by ‘esteemed’ companies doing? In general, how days are spent by the tea workers of hills-terai-dooars?
Margaret’s Hope in Darjeeling is a tea garden owned by Goodricke. A so-called ‘good’ tea garden owned by a ‘good’ company. Looking back, this garden witnessed the incident of firing on workers in 1955, the first firing on workers in ‘independent’ India. 6 people were martyred but the struggle wrested out several facilities for entire tea workers. Some time back, on the occasion of 150 years of the garden, a promotional documentary film was made, which obviously tried to portray this garden as an oasis.
Some local youths decided to find out the reality and portray it. Their journey started. They imagined a song and worked with it. The life in the gardens, the joy and sorrow, the song and the journey intermingled to get the shape of this nepali documentary—‘Nabolda Naboldai’. The English subtitled one is ‘Silence Flows’ and ‘Boye Chole Nirobota’ is the Bengali subtitled one.

Title Song of the documentary film “Nabolda Naboldai”

Title Song of the documentary film “Nabolda Naboldai”, based on the life in Margaret’s Hope tea garden, Darjeeling, performed by local youths on the first screening of the film, at Margaret’s Hope tea garden on 3 July 2016.

 

Holidays _story of 3 tea gardens

Holidays _story of 3 tea gardens

English subtitled
It was the festive season of 2015. And we traversed through 3 closed tea gardens of Dooars in West Bengal, namely Bagrakote (closed 6 months ago), Madhu (closed a year ago) and Kohinoor (closed a week ago). In this Holidays, people come to visit dooars. We instead visited those people who are surpassing sorrowful holidays itself. This video report goes through a journey from western to eastern dooars… You start from Siliguri towards Alipurduar junction through the picturesque railway route, and you first cross Teesta river to reach Bagrakote Tea Garden, then you cross Torsa river to reach Madhu Tea Estate, and then you cross Kaaljani river, approach further east to reach Kohinoor Tea Garden.

ছুটি : তিনটে চা বাগানের গল্প _Bengali subtitled

২০১৫-এর পুজোর ছুটিতে, যখন সবাই মেতে ওঠেন নানান উত্সবে, বেড়িয়ে পড়েন ভ্রমণে, সেই সময় কেমন আছেন বন্ধ চা বাগানের শ্রমিকরা? কেমন কাটছে তাঁদের উত্সবের দিনগুলো? আসুন যাই একটা সফরে— ডুয়ার্সে তিস্তা নদী পেরিয়ে প্রথমে বাগরাকোট চা বাগান (বন্ধ হয়েছে ৬ মাস আগে), তারপর তোর্সা পেরিয়ে মধু চা বাগান (বন্ধ হয়েছে ১ বছর আগে), এবং সবশেষে আলিপুরদুয়ার পেরিয়ে কোহিনুর চা বাগান (বন্ধ হয়েছে পুজোর এক সপ্তাহ আগে)।

छुट्टी_तीन चियाबगानको कथा_Nepali Subtitled

It was the festive season of 2015. And we traversed through 3 closed tea gardens of Dooars in West Bengal, namely Bagrakote (closed 6 months ago), Madhu (closed a year ago) and Kohinoor (closed a week ago). In this Holidays, people come to visit dooars. We instead visited those people who are surpassing sorrowful holidays itself. This video report goes through a journey from western to eastern dooars… You start from Siliguri towards Alipurduar junction through the picturesque railway route, and you first cross Teesta river to reach Bagrakote Tea Garden, then you cross Torsa river to reach Madhu Tea Estate, and then you cross Kaaljani river, approach further east to reach Kohinoor Tea Garden.

 

 

 

 

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
Contact:  s.sitansu@gmail.com

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
Contact:  psb3210@yahoo.co.in

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
Contact:  s.sitansu@gmail.com

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
Contact:  s.sitansu@gmail.com