Of course I remember him. What had become of his footage? Lear captured the spirit of the Bengali people through 20 hours of beautifully photographed footage. Dedicated to the memory of Tareque Masud and Mishuk Munier Alam plans for starting With its footage of Mujib’s speech, and shots of soldiers yelling his name, the film was blocked as a partisan version of history.

Another aspect of Lear’s footage had an exceptional quality of timelessness. Suddenly, there is a rush to prove oneself a die-hard Mujib-ist. But as soon as the war effort was over, each faction retreated to its own camp. Sajal Khaled Kawser Mahmud. However, he became so caught up in filming that he returned to the US only just as the war was coming to an end. Tareque Masud Catherine Masud. I was an executive in an advertising agency, half-heartedly climbing the corporate ladder.

Inevitably, the film ran into the inter-party conflict that characterises mjktir Bengali political establishment’s approach to the history of independence. A few days later, the Masuds went gaam Lear’s home on the upper West Side of New York City to begin the lengthy process of studying and cataloging his footage. Tareque Masud for Audiovision. I went to Bangladesh to make a film about the Liberation War.

Bengali director Tareque Masud and his American wife Catherine Lucretia Shapere later Catherine Masud made ample use of this footage and combined it with archived photo and videos of the war from around the world to produce Muktir Gaan.

Edit Details Official Sites: But now the Pak army flees for their lives and with them flees the Seventh Fleet. Not only did the Masuds find Levin, they also received permission to use the footage without any royalty. Pakistan military had unleashed genocide in the country. Notify me of new posts via email.

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Levin, who did not know any Bengali, followed this troupe and captured the spirit of the Bengali people through 20 hours of beautifully photographed footage. Muktir Gaan25 years in the making, Tareque Masud and Catherine Masud used original footage shot by American film-maker Lear Levin, as well as other archival footage collected from United Kingdom and India.

There’s also footage of muktig crew’s interaction with the Freedom Fighters during a brief visit to a liberated zone in late November, and Lear’s beautifully shot pastoral images of rural Bengal – farming, bathing, people going to market, cow carts, river scenes. In these few moments, one of the fundamental contradictions of the war effort is visible on screen.


The Ram Bahadur Award for outstanding film of fsa is up for show! These were the numerous close up portraits of ordinary Freedom Fighters: Too much authenticity The challenge faced by the Masuds in putting the film together paled in comparison to the difficulties they confronted in attempting to release the film in Bangladesh.

He pointed to one particular wall and there we saw a series of cardboard boxes unobtrusively stacked for posterity. The filmmakers use original footage and archival footage to follow the cultural troupe Bangladesh Mukti Shangrami Shilpi Shangstha as they travel through the refugee camps of Mukta Anchal performing patriotic songs, arranging puppet shows, and staging dramas to inspire the freedom fighters and the people with the spirit of war.

Now, following on the footsteps of Muktir Gaan and Channel 4 UK ‘s celebrated War Crimes Trial documentary, there muotir a renewed interest in documenting the liberation war. His basement was not the dusty dumping ground typical of many homes; it was the storage centre of a professional film-maker, and as such, was professionally maintained. During the Liberation War of Bangladsh ina cultural troupe, named ‘Bangladesh Mukti Shangrami Shilpi Shangstha’ ‘Association of Liberation Fighters Artists mkktir Bagladesh’ used to travel to refugee camps and different places in liberated areas also known as ‘Mukta Anchal’.

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We were immediately intrigued. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet! Section of Lear Levin’s original footage that was left out from Muktir Gaan, such as life in the refugee camps, refugee women cooking, children fetching water and bathing, people receiving rations, gaaan children being inoculated, etc, were used extensively in the Masud’s next venture – ‘Muktir Kotha’ Words of Freedom.

His name, according to Tarik bhai, was Lear Levin. What an unusual name: Add the first question. Muktir Gaan Song of Freedom is the first feature length documentary on the Bangladesh liberation war.

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Conflicts over land and maritime boundaries — — Syeed Ahamed. Levin, then a year-old young man who knew no Bengali, and his crew followed the troupe of traveling musicians who sang songs of struggle to inspire the guerrilla cadres and the millions of refugees. There is some awkwardness in these interactions, as when the troupe embraces a group of soldiers in a liberated zone.


Levin’s material is available for the first time thanks to two filmmakers from Bangladesh who, being discontent with the present regime, wanted to remind the Bengal people of the initial motives of the war of liberation: Masud knows all this of course, and I hope he will explore it in future films, where he is not constrained by available footage.

Heroic sons of the soil started a war of liberation. Beginning with the death of the father of the family, the film proceeds The artistes of Bangladesh Mukti Shangrami Shilpi Shangstha wrote their own songs and drew pictures to inspire the FFs and the general people with the spirit of liberation war.

This page was last edited on 6 Decemberat Tareque and Catherine Fim. This film, 25 years in the making, began with the ambition of Lear Levin, an American filmmaker to make an epic documentary in the tradition of Rober Flaherty on the Bangladesh Liberation War gaaan His mother Rahima struggles to support the Released inthis minute documentary continues the story after when those who fought for freedom were still living in poverty whilst the rewards were reaped by the rich.

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Liberation War Of Bangladesh. The troupe’s puppet theatre illustrates how Filk leaders like General Yahya Khan were transformed into larger-than-life villains. Interspersed with this is invaluable documentary footage, including Sheikh Mujib’s famous speech of 7th March “This time the struggle is for freedom” — the first time Mujib publicly echoed the radical student factions’ long-running demand for total separation from Pakistan.

Over the last two decades, every government has suppressed discussion on the liberation war to protect its own vested interests — sometimes the civil servants who stayed in their posts through the war, sometimes army officers who feared that glamorising the war would help the Awami League, and sometimes the Islamists of Jamaat-e-Islami who had actively helped the Pakistan army by forming militia and death squads.

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