To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the independence of Bangladesh, join us for the first UK screening of the film 'Jothorleena' by Bengali artist Dilara Begum Jolly. The film portrays the life of war hero Roma Chowdhury, who like many Bangladeshi women was raped during the Liberation War of 1971. Chowdhury subsequently went on to play an important role in building a post-war society.

Like Jolly’s broader arts practice this film touches upon themes of gender, trauma and the female body. This beautiful and poetic film tells of the anguish of a brow-beaten mother who lost a child and now confronts the turbulence of war. It features Chowdhury’s death-defying resilience of human spirit, indefatigable zest for life and her passionate, radical mind nestled within a ravaged body.

Note that the film is subtitled in English. A trailer for the film (not subtitled) is available at the bottom of this webpage. 

Free event. 

The film will be made available to watch online on our YouTube channel at your convenience during the 48 hour period of this event.  Contents of this film include reference to the events of the 1971 Liberation War in Bangladesh and so it may not be suitable for family audiences, particularly children under the age of 12 years.

A panel discussion event linked to this event including Q&A the filmmaker will take place on Saturday 27th March at 3pm. Please book for this event, more details can be found here: Panel Discussion - Resilience, Rights and Roles of Bangladeshi Women since 1971.

These events are part of a series of events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bangladeshi independence, delivered in collaboration with the Dhaka-based Bengal Foundation. It is funded by a grant from the British Council’s Digital Collaboration Fund and hosted through British Council Arts.

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Trailer for ‘Jothorleena’ by Dilara Begum Jolly:

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