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9 January, 2019 01:12:50 PM
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‘Rising Silence’ sheds light on lives of war heroines

DL desk, Dhaka
‘Rising Silence’ sheds light on lives of war heroines

A feature documentary film ‘Rising Silence’ by Leesa Gazi will be premiered at the 17th Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF) 2019. Produced by Komola Collective, Openvizor, and Making Herstory, the film will be screened on January 12 at 5 pm at the main auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum in Shahbag of the capital, said a press release.

‘Rising Silence’ film sheds light on the lives of Birangana women (war heroines) by Leesa Gazi.

‘Rising Silence’ is a journey of relationships between women dealing with war, violence, and daily prejudice to heal and create the future with unconditional love. In December 1971, East Pakistan became the independent nation of Bangladesh after a nine-month war with West Pakistan. During the Liberation War, the Pakistani army adopted the rape and torture of Bangladeshi women as a military tactic across the country and in camps built throughout Bangladesh. Over the course of nine months of conflict, the Pakistani military and their local collaborators raped and made sex slaves of an estimated 2,00,000-4,00,000 Bangladeshi women and girls.

Faced with a huge population of hundreds of thousands of survivors of rape and torture, the new Bangladeshi government, only six days after the end of the war, publicly honoured every woman and child subjected to rape in the War as Birangana (brave woman or war-heroine). However, after 1975, Birangana women were socially ostracised and attacked, seen only as symbols of shame and violence rather than as women and freedom fighters.

Leesa Gazi, a British Bangladeshi actor, playwright and founding member of a London-based arts company Komola Collective, has brought her film for the first time in Bangladesh at DIFF. Her father was a freedom fighter. She grew up hearing the stories of the War. When she turned 17, her father told her a story about Birangana women that never left her. In 2010, Leesa met with 21 Birangana women in Bangladesh. She then started collecting their personal accounts to document their stories and from this, working with Komola Collective, a theatrical piece emerged.

The second screening of ‘Rising Silence’ will be held on Friday at the Central Public Library at 7 pm on the 17th Dhaka International Film Festival. The ticket will be available before the show at the Public Library ticket booth and the festival ticket price is 50 Taka. Dhaka International Film Festival will donate all proceeds from the ticket sales to Freedom Fighter Birangonas and their families.

With the theme ‘Better Film, Better Audience and Better Society’, the 17th DIFF will begin tomorrow, where more than 200 international films will be screened at various venues in the capital. l

BK

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