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The graphic novel and animation film
Mookherjee, Nayanika and Najmunnahar Keya. (2019) Birangona: Towards Ethical Testimonies of Sexual Violence during Conflict. Durham: University of Durham. Freely Available in Bangla and English from: /how-to-cite/ 2019. Praxis Award from the Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists for the project: ‘Birangona: Towards Ethical Testimonies of Sexual Violence During Conflict’. https://wapadc.org/2019-Praxis-Award
English Graphic Novel http://doi.org/10.15128/r1sb3978287
English Animation Film http://doi.org/10.15128/r1jq085k00x
Bangla Graphic novel http://doi.org/10.15128/r1r494vk23d
Bangla Animation film http://doi.org/10.15128/r1cj82k7349
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Film direction: Nayanika Mookherjee, Nazmunnahar Keya
Storyline, Text and Dialogue: Nayanika Mookherjee
Graphic Artist: Nazzmunnahar Keya
Voiceover Artists: Jesmin and Apu Chowdhury
Animation: Clearhead Media Ltd
Production Manager: Stefan Christopher
Animation: Simon Brooke
Published by: Arifur Rahman, Noktaarts, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Editorial Assistance: Rashida Akter, Anita Datta, Raihana Ferdous, Yaeshir Arafath Borno
Guideline, Graphic Novel and Animation Film is downloadable/viewable in Bangla and English from: www.ethical-testimonies-svc.org.uk
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These resources have been developed by Professor Nayanika Mookherjee (Anthropology, Durham University) in collaboration with Research Initiatives Bangladesh (RIB) and have co-created this guideline, graphic novel and animation film in consultation with various stakeholders in Bangladesh and UK. This is a follow-on project from Nayanika’s book [The Spectral Wound: Sexual Violence, Public Memories and the Bangladesh War of 1971. Durham: Duke University Press (2015); Delhi: Zubaan Books (2016)]. Detailed findings from the original research can be found here.
As part of this project, we have produced this website, a set of guidelines, a graphic novel and an animation film outlining how to ethically record testimonies of sexual violence. The graphic novel, guideline and animation film are freely downloadable/viewable from the website. The guidelines, graphic and animation film novel has been funded by the ESRC’s Impact Acceleration Account and Durham University’s Research Impact Fund.
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Synopsis of the graphic novel and animation film
Labonno/Labony needs to do a school project on family memories of 1971, the Bangladesh War. When coming to ask her grandmother, she wakes the latter from one of her frequent nightmares. What follows is her grandmother’s (Nanu/Rehana) narration of the history of ‘birangona’ (brave women), the term given by the Bangladesh government in 1971 to honour the women who had been raped during the war. Her mother, Hena, also tells her of the Oral History Project through which they tried to collect testimonies. This leads them to talk about the various points that need to be covered for an ethical guidance to record testimonies of sexual violence during conflict (svc). But hidden in these discussions of the guidelines Labonno discovers an intricate secret family history. What could that secret be? What would Labonno feel when she hears of that secret? What will Labonno do in the future about her family and the nation’s history?