SOAS University of London

SOAS South Asia Institute

Film: 'Bengal Shadows' by Joy Banerjee and Partho Bhattacharya


Date: 27 November 2017Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 27 November 2017Time: 10:00 PM

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: SALT

Type of Event: Film

"Bengal Shadows"(Duration: 48 minutes, Language: English and French) brings to light a lesser-known episode of the Second World War: the 1943 famine, during which between 3 and 5 million people starved to death in West Bengal and current days Bengladesh.

The works of artists such as Chittaprosad Bhattacharya and Zainul Abedin reflect this tragedy.

Today, numerous historians, researchers and writers, from both India and Britain, blame the British Empire for the famine that occured whilst the subcontinent was under its rule. Some historians hold Winston Churchill wholly accountable for the famine and even refer to itas a crime against humanity...This episode shows a side of the British Lion that remains hidden to this day.

"Bengal Shadows" gives a voice to historians and researchers such as Madhusree Mukerjee, who wrote "Churchill, the secret war".

Local people who have either experienced or been witness to these tragic events give their testimony in memory of the millions of people who died during this famine, so that history might give them justice.

For the film poster, please see here.

A trailer for the film can be found here.

Organiser: SOAS South Asia Institute

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