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Munda documentary ‘Khunti-Road to Roots’ premieres at DIFF 2019

  • Published at 08:11 pm January 14th, 2019
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Poster of the film 'Khunti' | Courtesy

The documentary film is based on the lives of an indigenous community called Munda, who claim that they were forced to settle in the Sundarban forests of Bangladesh from Jharkhand in India over 200 years ago

Documentary film “Khunti-Road to Roots”,directed by documentary film-maker Md Zahirul Hassan, was premiered at Dhaka International Film Festival 2019 on Monday afternoon. The feature-length documentary was screened at DIFF’s  Begum Sufia Kamal Auditorium venue at the Bangladesh National Museum. 

The documentary film is based on the lives of an indigenous community called Munda, who claim that they were forced to settle in the Sundarban forests of Bangladesh from Jharkhand in India over 200 years ago.


The film explores their identity crisis and survival instincts to reach their forefathers’ land, and what happened on that journey.

The director, Zahirul Hassan, studied film-making at Bangladesh Cinema and Television Institute and “Khunti” is his third documentary film. His previous works include a documentary named “Dhamali”, which is based on folk music and its lifestyle. His second project was “Canvas of Joy”,a biopic of renowned Bangladeshi painter Syed Jahangir, produced and financed by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs.