Date/Time: 25/03/2004 12:00 am
On the eve of Bangladesh’s Independence Day, Sakhi for South Asian Women
and Drishtipat cordially invite you to a very special evening of women’s
stories, films and activism. This unique event highlights the role
women played in the independence movement and gives you an opportunity
to make a change in their lives. Join the Sakhi team for..
TWO AWARD WINNING FILMS:: ONE AWARD WINNING DIRECTOR::
ONE NOBLE CAUSE:: SEVEN LIVES CHANGED FOREVER
In 1971, in a concert for Bangladesh in Madison Square Garden, George
Harrison and other musicians raised money for the refugees of liberation
war of Bangladesh. Thirty-three years have passed and Bangladesh is now
liberated. However, in many cases the fate of Bangladeshis, particularly
women, remain the same.
Some women were freedom fighters, some lost their entire families, and
others were tortured for months through violence and rape. In 2004,
instead of getting recognition for their supreme sacrifices, many of
these women live in dire poverty.
You have a chance to help alter the lives of these women. Drishtipat, a
group devoted to protect human rights in Bangladesh, is recognizing
these brave women and wants your help in assisting them lead a life of
Please join us for a unique fundraising event featuring two new
compelling documentaries on the liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971.
Award-winning film director Yasmine Kabir and special guest Susan
Brownmiller, a leading feminist voice and the author of “Against Our
Will”, will be present at the event.
Bangla Mayer Bir Meyera:
Independence Day Commemoration for the female war veterans of the 1971
Bangladesh Liberation War
Thursday March 25
7 PM (reception to follow, refreshments will be served)
NYU School of Law
40 Washington Square South
Vanderbilt Hall RM 210
Tickets: $15, Students $10
To purchase tickets online or more information please visit: Drishtipat
New York Website or email
This fundraiser is part of a larger campaign to raise $10,000 for seven
Bangladeshi women affected by the war. To learn more about the general
campaign, please visit:
About the Films:
Shei Rater Kotha (Tale of the Darkest Night) – US Premier::Runner Up,
South Asian Film Festival. Directed by Kawsar Chowdhury. On March 25,
1971 Dhaka University was the scene of killings by the Pakistani army.
Surviving members and witnesses speak, and bring alive the havoc of that
More info at
Yasmine Kabir Presents A Certain Liberation – Winner, Best International
Documentary, Bombay Film Festival. Gurudasi Mondol gave herself up to
madness in 1971 as she watched her entire family being slaughtered. The
film narrates her story from the horrors of 1971 to the present.
In Collaboration With: NYU South Asian Law Students Association and
Third I Collective ()