Into the pages of history
Ekattorer Shobdoshena is a documentary, by Sajal Khaled and Kawser Mahmud that presents the history of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra (Radio of Liberated Bangla) from the day of its inception through the nine moths of its existence.
The subject of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra is not without controversy. Over the years, facts have been politicised and distorted, mostly to the whims of politicians. The two directors took meticulous care in bringing out the facts and presenting them in 83 minutes run of the film.
“While I was pursuing my higher degree in Germany on Media Technology and Engineering, I was introduced to Abdullah al Farooq- one of the founders of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra. He used shares storied of the days of the War and their efforts. This is how I was inspired to make the film” says Sajal Khaled.
The documentary attempts to present the events by using excerpts from conversations of different people involved, without using any narrative.
“We collected footage running about 120 hours and cutting it down to 83 minutes has been a painstakingly difficult task. But it was our determination to present the documentary in its present form and we stuck by our conviction.”
The music done by Shujeo Shyam (a member of the Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra) and Biplob Barua is one aspect that deserve acknowledgment. The score brilliantly fuses and moulds the spirit of 1971 into a form that would appeal to a young audience.
“Ekattorer Shobdoshena” or Voice Warriors of '71 is due to be released in DVD format soon. In the meantime, its premier was held at the National Museum Auditorium on 13 December 2008. The film will be telecast on Bangladesh Television (BTV) in three segments on 26, 27 and 28 March 2009. For every one who is interested in history of this nation, the documentary is a must see.
Photo: Sazzad Ibne Sayed