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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
Contact:  nilanjan123123@rediffmail.com

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Monks burnt Alive: 1982 Bijon Setu

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

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

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
Contact:  s.sitansu@gmail.com

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