Behind the Lens: Journey with Documetary “Jonmo Sathi: Born Together” by Ekattor TV
Arif Sonnet, Director’s Assistant and Official Photographer
Table of Contents
The Genesis of an Idea
It all started with a single birth, an idea, and a quest for identity. In 1972, when Bangladesh had just gained independence, Shabnam Ferdousi was born at the Holy Family Hospital in Dhaka. Little did she know that 12 more babies were born on that very day, and five of them were war babies. The thought that she might be one of them ignited a fire within her, leading her on a profound journey in search of her birth-mates. This journey, chronicled in "Jonmo Sathi: Born Together," raised monumental questions about life, identity, and human connections.
The Documentary Unveiled
My Role in the Journey
Capturing Moments that Speak Volumes
The Collaborative Spirit
It was 1972. Bangladesh just had her independence. Director Shabnam Ferdousi was born at Holy Family Hospital, Dhaka and 12 more babies were born in that hospital on that very day. Later, Shabnam came to know five of them were war babies. Then an idea stuck her that she could have been one of the war babies. She got obsessed with the idea and began a new journey – a journey in search of her birth-mates. She tried to explore their lives. In doing so, She came face to face with colossal questions. The documentary Jonmosathi (Born Together) tends to deal with these queries.
The film premiered in Dhaka in 2016, the 90-minute documentary is about two war children. It also tells the story of a Birangana, a 1971 rape victim, and her child.
Director Assistant: Arif Sonnet
Director: Shabnam Ferdousi
Cinematography: Kamrul Ahsan Lelin
Duration:1 hour 25 minutes
Liberation War Museum and Ekattor Media Ltd
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The documentary tries to acknowledge the hardships faced by these children of war; the children of the Birangona (the Bangladeshi state uses the term to mean 'war-heroine'). As the victims spoke of their identity crisis, a shiver of shame ran through my body as helplessness took over my feelings. Shunned by society, they live a life, lost in the trauma that has haunted them from birth. The void inside them somewhat reflects on the screen, but the severity of it was confirmed during the question and answer session with Shabnam Ferdousi that followed after the screening. The insightful documentary will surely evoke new thoughts, as it explores a phase of our Liberation War that is yet to unveil the wounds deep beneath the surface of our freedom.