All the motion pictures were based on the people of Kashmir and their life story
A movie exhibition event to help support the freedom movement in Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir was organized at the Dhaka University on Monday.
The program was hosted by a campus-based cultural group - ‘Jonaki Golir Karkhana’ at the university’s Sanjeeb Chattar near the Teacher’s Students Center (TSC).
Among the audience; noted writers, researchers, left-leaning student leaders and Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (Ducsu) Vice-President Nurul Haque Nur expressed solidarity with the purpose of the program
The event styled as ‘Cinema for Azadi’ which continued till 8pm. Two documentaries and a short-film were screened.
Among the films, ‘Ocean of Tears’ is a 2012 short documentary film directed by Billal A Jan in Kashmiri produced by Rajiv Mehrota. The film is a vivid documentation of the crimes and human rights violation impositions on the people of Kashmir especially women.
‘Here Still’ , another short documentary, directed and produced by Tara Dorabji and Jamie DeWolf was on the torture in Kashmir.
The only short-film ‘Goodbye, Mayfly’ in the Kashmiri language, directed by Siddhartha Gigoo was also screened .
All the motion pictures were based on the people of Kashmir and their life stories.
Mahfuz Abdullah, a fourth-year student of the Law department and one of the organizers of the program told Dhaka Tribune: “Kashmir has been shut down for the last three weeks. In this context, we were planning to display a few documentaries and short films about Kashmir to help strengthen our understanding about the Kashmir stand-off and to take an active political stance regarding the its independence.”
Meanwhile, Nurul Haque Nur, Ducsu VP urged the Indian government to solve the Kashmir crisis in an acceptable manner. He also urged the international community to be aware about Kashmir, adding that: “There is a responsibility of the world community to be deeply concerned about Kashmir, as it should not have to face suppression, including a mass scale of human rights violation following Bosnia and Myanmar.”
Also addressing the event, noted columnist Altaf Parvez said: “It is reasonable for the people of Bangladesh to associate with Kashmir's freedom movement. In our constitution, it is mentioned that Bangladesh will express solidarity with any people who are facing oppression in any place of the world.
He appreciated the initiative of the students taken for Kashmir and expressed solidarity.
“Human experiences in places like: Kashmir, Sikkim, Bhutan says the situation has been unsettling for Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. So it is expected for these countries to agree with Kashmir's liberation struggle for their own interest”, Altaf emphasized.
Among others, general secretary of Bangladesh Chattra Union Anik Roy, president of DU unit Chattra Federation Abu Rayhan Khan, convener of DU unit Biplabi Chhatra Maitree Ulul Umar Antor also expressed their solidarity.