Mostafa Sarwar Farooki: Thinking big

Mostafa Sarwar Farooki is an important and notable phenomenon in Bangladeshi cinema due to his sustained and continual presence in the international festival/awards/production circuit since 2009, his ...

Labor of Love is Nothing Short of Meditation

This lyrical and emotionally evocative film revolves around the lives of a couple: a man who works at a newspaper printing press and a woman working at a handbag factory. The partnership of their marr ...

Bengali Muslims’ incomplete quest

Bengali Muslims have been trying to construct a synthesis of their identity for over a hundred years now. Bangladesh, which comprises the largest ethnic Muslim population in the world after the Ara ...

Not a he, nor a she, but an individual, in life and in death

When Rituporno Ghosh passed away, I got the news from a queer friend of mine who lives in Kolkata. The guy was crying when he gave me the news. In the following days I have seen my queer friends in ...

I am not a hanger for your ideology

I had faced the threat once before. It was in 2001. Delwar Hussain Sayedee’s tape titled “Nari O Porda” (Women and the Veil) was selling everywhere. Bangladesh was going throu ...

The fractured Bangladeshi nation

Today we stand fractured as a nation. The umbrella of homogenous national identity is ruptured. We are divided in the way we recall our history, recollect our dreams, and reconstruct the birth mome ...

Rubaiyat Hossain

Rubaiyat Hossain is a freelance contributor.

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