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A docudrama on Rape: Character (চরিত্র)

Character (চরিত্র)

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


Mass Murder in Sunderban: Marichjhanpi

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

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

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

Nandigram: Development at Gunpoint (উন্নয়ন – বন্দুকের নলে)

Development at Gunpoint (উন্নয়ন – বন্দুকের নলে)

A film on the successful movement in Nandigram that prevented land grab. It begins with questioning the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) as a whole. The film ends with the men women and children of Nandigram raising the question that Dhananjay was hanged for raping a girl but what about those who raped tens of women?

The film is in English.
Director: Pramod Gupta

Human Rights violation by state: Bandiram-er Ganatantra (বন্দিরামের গণতন্ত্র )

Bandiram-er Ganatantra (বন্দিরামের গণতন্ত্র )

This film is about the mindless  human rights violation by the police especially in the adivasi regions of Belpajari, West Bengal. Adivasis are regularly harassed, tortured and picked up for being ‘Maoists’. The film made in and around 2002-2003 captures the police atrocities which has culminated in the present explosive situation in the region of Lalgarh-Belpahari beginning from the end of 2008. The film also touches upon the death of urban youth Abhijit Sinha who committed suicide unable to bear the mental strain of regular police harassment, falsely accused of being a Maoist.

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