Publish: 03 Oct 2022, 08:51 pm
Shariful Islam Palash is making a documentary film on the
story of the liberation war and the life of a group of Garo women freedom fighters who are
hidden from the public eye. 'Achik' or the Garo language documentary is in the
process of being filmed. The 40-minute documentary will release domestically
and internationally on the upcoming Victory Day.
In 1971, a group of Garo women trained at the Kamala camp
built by Indian Army Captain Niranjan Singh Chauhan of Sector 11. All lived in
Lengura in Kalmakanda bordering Netrakona. Inspired by the words of the then
headmaster of the Baluch Sacred Heart School, Gabriel Rangsa, they set foot on
They have done everything from providing first aid to the
wounded freedom fighters and secretly providing information on the movement of
Pakistanis to handling weapons, and ignoring society and family. This team is
led by Mallika Ghagra. Among the others were 15 including Tushi Hagidak,
Magdhalina Nengminj, Sanchita Zarina Rema, Tanya Chisim, Selina Howie, Rita
Nakrek, Zita Nakrek, Turturi Nakrek, Chaya Bonwari, Suzanna Jambil, Mukul Azim,
Rachita Hagidak, Benjina Nakrek and Hasina Banwari.
After the killing of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family in 1975, his influence also affected the tribal villages. These brave women hide their identity as freedom fighters because of the deadlock across the country. 51 years have passed since independence. Those women were not recognized as freedom fighters. They go from door to door to the authorities for recognition. One of those brave women is Tushi Hagidak. She is a retired school teacher. The unknown story of participation in the great liberation war is emerging in her speech. The filmmaker hopes that this documentary film will reveal an unknown aspect of the liberation war.
The director of the documentary Shariful Islam Palash said,
"We have been doing the work for more than three years. After so many
years of independence, the task was not easy at all. The work is going to see
the light of day with the united efforts of all the collaborators. On the one
hand, it is a story of unknown heroism-deprivation, on the other hand, we are
hopeful about the film because it is made in Garo or Achik language. If all
goes well it will be released on the upcoming Victory Day. This will pave the
way for us to recognize these brave women."
The screenplay of the documentary is written by popular Garo
language poet Matendra Mankhin. The shooting of the film is going on in the
border area of Dhobaura in Mymensingh and Kalmakanda in Netrokona. The Path
Creator is producing the documentary. And its making is sponsored by the
non-governmental organization Asian Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP).
It should be noted that 'Abchhaya' is Shariful Islam Palash's
third documentary film on the liberation war. Earlier in 2021 for the first time in
2021 the unknown story of guerrilla freedom fighter master Roni Hijra titled
'Agnijhora Diner Na Bla Kotha' and the story of three brothers freedom fighters
Geeta, Ira and Bhakti Kar of Rajbari aired in this year titled 'Ronangoner
Tinkanya' has been well appreciated.
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