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
Days and Nights of Dooars (ডুয়ার্সের দিনরাত্রি)
Words-tunes-rhythms of livelihood-dreams-struggles
of people from various ethnicities of Jalpai-dooars.
This documentary captures the lives and struggles of several indegenous population groups in jalpai-duars.
The story of the lives and livelihood surrounding the Matla river at Canning Port
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.
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.