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:

2019. Praxis Award from the Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists for the project: ‘Birangona: Towards Ethical Testimonies of Sexual Violence During Conflict’.
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Animation film in English

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Durham University ©
Film direction: Nayanika Mookherjee, Nazmunnahar Keya
Storyline, Text and Dialogue: Nayanika Mookherjee
Graphic Artist: Nazzmunnahar Keya
Voiceover Artists: Jesmin and Apu Chowdhury
Music: Artlist
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
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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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