Freedom Inexchange Of Death

Does it ever occur to you that perhaps we are stuck inside a boundary?
We claim to be free, but have we really found freedom? After the independence of Bangladesh, what have we thought about the meaning of independence? Or are we being claimed as independent by being put inside a box? As an observer, I feel that the citizens of this country are locked in a mental cage. In my view, we are caged dolls to whom freedom of speech is now a precious commodity. The Curriculum Integration theme for Spring 2023 is 'Resource Mobilization Theory,' for which I have chosen the importance of highlighting the current climate in Bangladesh around freedom of speech and expression. When we as common citizens are talking about the rules and regulations of the country in any medium, we are not allowed to speak. Not only are societies and institutions stopping free citizens, the country's administration, which ensures our freedom of speech and expression, is disrupting this basic freedom of citizens. As a result, it creates barriers to free expression among citizens, while creating opportunities for those societies and institutions. In an interview after the release of the cartoonist Kishore, he said, “I was not released in exchange for the death of Mushtaq Bhai, but the rest of the innocent people like me who have been kept in jail for no reason will ask when their release will be, and in exchange for whose death? Whose death will they wait for?" Based on his statement, with my video art, 'Freedom inexchange of Death,' I think of the brutal murder of the writer Mushtaq, the torture of the cartoonist Kishore, the Bangladeshi Baul artists Rita Dewan and Shariat Bayati. Imaginary and realistic scenes of being arrested for blasphemy. I want to inform all independent citizens through this video art that they are all suffering from this insecurity. 10th grader Paritosh was arrested for blasphemy again just by making a comment on Facebook and was kept in solitary cell for 8 months without trial, now the boy has been convicted and sentenced to 5 years in jail. His village was burnt down by the fundamentalists. In the country where we claim to be free citizens, we have no real security. Here the law is made by the power of the powerful. Which is undermining the freedom of speech and expression as a common citizen of a country.

  • Shaharik Istik Raz
    Director
    Mondrila Modhurima Huda
  • Shaharik Istik Raz
    Writer
  • Shafim Ahmed
    Key Cast
    "Ovi"
  • Mondrila Modhurima
    Research
  • Zarrin Tasnim Saika
    Production Management
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    মুক্তির বিনিময়ে মুক্তি
  • Project Type:
    Experimental
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 24 seconds
  • Production Budget:
    50 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Bangladesh
  • Country of Filming:
    Bangladesh
  • Language:
    Bengali
  • Shooting Format:
    mp4
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes - University Of Liberal Arts Bangladesh
Director - Shaharik Istik Raz