Prisoner Amnesty: Bondimukti (বন্দিমুক্তি)
In the backdrop of apparent regime change in West Bengal, the issue of general amnesty to political prisoners have become an important debate. While it has been a part of the election manifesto the the present ruling party Trinamul Congress, after coming to power it has moved back and forth in implementing the promise. There has been issues related to selection of political prisoners for release, there has been acquisition of arbitrariness and political favoritism as far as the list to political prisoners to be released is concerned.
This documentary is part of our effort to capture the aspects of the ongoing debate which we felt were vital and yet getting marginalized.
This film is the only video documentation of the Kamtapuri movement. This movement is led by the rajbangshis (রাজবংশী) of Cooch Behar Region, who also call themselves Kamtapuris. The movement started with addressing the deprivations of the indigenous population of the region and then gradually transformed into a movement demanding the recognition of the identity of the Kooch Rajbangshis. The movement demands a separate state, Kamtapur for the local indigenous population.
The film is in Bengali (বাংলা) but has english subtitles.
Director: Soma Ghosh