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Prisoner Amnesty: Bondimukti (বন্দিমুক্তি)

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.


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

State oppression and protest in Midnapore: Dreams in the time of Terror (সন্ত্রাসের সময় স্বপ্ন)

Dreams in the time of Terror (সন্ত্রাসের সময় স্বপ্ন)

This film made alongside Bandiramer Ganatantra (বন্দিরামের গণতন্ত্র) dwells on the topic of police atrocities on the indigenous adivasis of the Belpahari region of West Midnapore, West Bengal. The film focuses on the targeting of women folk by the police often resulting in torture and sexual abuse. Several incidents have been re-enacted in this film accompanied by the newspaper reports that appeared during that time. This entire episode of rights violation by the police continued unhindered in the name of hunting down Maoists.

The film is in Bengali (বাংলা) but has english subtitles.
Director: Nilanjan Dutta

Story of Lalgarh Movement: Hool (হুল)

Hool (হুল)

The Lalgarh region in West Bengal has been the scene of recent hostilities between the state police forces and the native people over the issue police atrocities. In response to massive police atrocities committed by the police, people of Lalgarh have taken up the initiative and organised a mass uprising driving the police out of the Lalgarh area. The region was cut off and isolated by the people of the region and beyond the authority of the police. We have made this film centring on this mass uprising through interviews, dialogues and events that have unfolded in the recent past. The issue however, has not abated and still continues to be one of the most important areas of disturbance in the state.

The Bengali (বাংলা) version without subtitles can be found here:

This film was completed within February-March 2009, long before the joint forces entered Lalgarh in June 2009. The film tries to capture the spirit of the movement as it began. It highlights how this movement was characteristically completely different from any other movement of the recent past in Bengal viz. the Singur and Nandigram movement. This movement was not to protect land but was to claim dignity and the fundamental rights of the indigenous population of the region.