Arif Yousuf, expatriate Bangladeshi filmmaker living in USA, has won the World’s Independent Film Festival (TWIFF) award in Best Documentary Feature
category for his documentary named “Blockade.”
The documentary was made on a little-known true event happened in USA during Bangladesh’s Liberation War in 1971.
It’s an inspiring story of how a group of people in Delaware Valley area (Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC), irrespective of their nationality or religion, stood up in 1971 against the brutal oppression of the Pakistani military in Bangladesh, the then East Pakistan.
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The Pakistani military was carrying out genocide of epic proportions, which led to a liberation war, and eventually the birth of a new nation, Bangladesh.
Also Read- ‘The Blockade’ documentary
The film covers a series of events that started in June 1971, when the New York Times published a story about two Pakistani military ships which were coming to the Eastern Seaboard of the US to load up arms supplied by the US government, without the Congressional approval and despite official ban.
TWIFF usually recognises filmmakers from around the world and all walks of life, as well as celebrating films that raise awareness to global and local issues.