Mor Thengari

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Mor Thengari
Directed byAung Rakhine
Produced byMa Nan Khing
Written byAung Rakhine
Screenplay byNasiful Walid
Starring
  • Kamal Mani Chakma
  • Indira Chakma
Music byArjun
CinematographySyed Kashef
Shahbazi
Edited byShamsul Arefin
Distributed byKhona Talkies
Release date
  • 2015 (2015)
Running time
61 min
CountryBangladesh
LanguageChakma

Mor Thengari (English: My Bicycle), directed by Aung Rakhine[1] is country's first Chakma language[2] film telling a story for the first time in an indigenous language in Bangladesh. It was banned in Bangladesh due to the questions of cultural and political rights, highlighting the fact relating indigenous languages.[3][4] There were no professional actors involved in this production, all the actors were members of the Chakma community of Bangladesh.[5]

Plot[edit]

An indigenous man named Komol who is fired from a job in a town and returns to his hillside native village with only a bicycle. Although his son is happy to have his father back, but he has nothing to give his family except the bicycle. Komol decides to not return to the town for new jobs but tries to secure their livelihood through the cycle. He offers to ferry passengers and goods of villagers from place to place on his cycle and earn. Unfortunately one day an accident occurs, injuring an old man. Village goons threaten Komol and declare that no one can ride on that cycle. When Komol refuses to give them extortion, they destroy his bicycle.[2]

Cast[edit]

  • Kamal Mani Chakma as Komal
  • Indira Chakma as Devi

Festivals and awards[edit]

  • Best Screenplay, Ufa Silver Akbuzat Ethnic Cinema Festival 2016, Russia
  • Honorable Mention, Cine Kurumin - Int. Indigenous Film Festival 2016, Brazil

Controversy[edit]

After the film was shown in several festivals, it received some international recognition. The film was shown in many important film festivals like Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Göteborg Film Festival and Zanzibar International Film Festival, however, it has been restricted to screen in Bangladesh due to non approval of Bangladesh Film Censor Board. The Bangladesh Army took notice and lodged a complaint that the film showed the activities of the army in the Chittagong Hill Tracts is a sensitive issue.[3] The film was censored due to its unfavorable portrayal of the police and armed forces on Chittagong Hill Tracts conflict.[5] Director Aung Rakhaine, alleged to the Censor Board for the violation of human rights.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "My Bicycle (Mor Thengari)". londonnet.co.uk. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Orko, Jawad Ahmed (April 2, 2015). "My Bicycle". The Daily Star. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Bangladesh film banned because the censors could not speak a local dialect". Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  4. ^ Ibrahim, Ahmad (February 19, 2016). "How to Kill a Language". Star Weekend Magazine (Opinion). The Daily Star. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Bangladesh's Censor Board Blocks the Country's First Chakma-Language Film". Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  6. ^ Pantha Rahman Reza. "Bangladesh: Censorship board blocks minority language film". Retrieved May 5, 2018.

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