Blog Archives

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

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

Slum Eviction in Calcutta: (In)visible Calcutta [(অ)দৃশ্য কলকাতা]

(In)visible Calcutta [(অ)দৃশ্য কলকাতা]

This film captures the eviction of the rail colony slums around Dhakuria lake, by the rail lines. The eviction took place in 2005 as the slum was maligning the beauty of the posh region by the South Calcutta Lake. And moreover the slum dwellers were accused of encroaching on land that was not theirs and also polluting the Lake. The film maker was also directly involved in protesting the eviction and stood by the struggle for years at a stretch and documented the same.

The film is in Bengali (বাংলা) but has english subtitles.
Director: Pramod Gupta

Singur Struggle: Right to Land (আবাদ ভূমি)

Right to Land (আবাদ ভূমি)

This film explores the land debate arising out of fertile land acquisition in Singur for the Tata Motors small car plant. The film traces the roots of the movement the ensued the land acquisition process.

The film is in Bengali (বাংলা) but has english subtitles.
Director: Partha Sarathi Banerjee
Contact:  psb3210@yahoo.co.in