Film Maker & Author

TANVIR MOKAMMEL

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Jan 17th

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A Tale of the Jamuna River (Oie Jamuna)

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Descending from Tibet and crossing the whole Asam valley the Brahmaputra river, after entering into Bangladesh, has taken the name— the Jamuna. An off-shoot of the mighty Brahmaputra, the present Jamuna, created by an earthquake in the eighteenth century, now itself is a major river of the world. The Jamuna, a braided river rather than a meandering one, becomes full of shoals during dry season and looks more like a lake than a river. Only in monsoon the whole of the Jamuna becomes one river. The film-maker, along with his crew, followed the course of the Jamuna on a boat towards downstream to reach where the Padma, another major river of the Indian sub-continent, has confluenced with the Jamuna. The film deals with the different aspects of the Jamuna river— its vastness, its erosion, its shoals, its fishes, and the most interesting aspect, the people living on its banks. The film contains a series of interviews with fishermen, farmers, weavers, boat-makers, folk-singers who all tell the impact of the Jamuna on their lives and their feelings about this mighty river. The interviewees include a veteran fisherman, a housewife, a folk-singer, a school-teacher and a small boy who sells egg in the ferries, all different people whose homesteads have been eroded by the Jamuna river.

A journey-film and shot with an open-mind, the film-unit recorded what they experienced on their journey in one of the world's widest and most fascinating river—the Jamuna.

 

The Promised Land (Swapnabhumi)

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This is a story of six decades, three countries and statelessness.
A story about the Urdu-speaking community of Bangladesh.
The terms "Urdu-speakers," "Non-Bengalees" and "Biharis" are used interchangeably to refer to Muslim people who originally emigrated from India to the newly created East Pakistan in 1947 and afterwards.
Many of them, but by no means all, originated from the state of Bihar and were fleeing large scale communal massacres.
Three decades later, during the struggle for independence in Bangladesh in 1971, this community became embroiled in conflict. Branded as collaborators against Bangladesh independence, this moment was a defining one for the Urdu-speakers and has had a devastating legacy.
This story is about the 160,000 people from this community who live isolated in 116 camps or settlements in Bangladesh.
Received the award of second best documentary film by Film South Asia Film Festival, Nepal, 2009

 
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