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29th March 2015
Rich Mix


'Of Blood and Fire' by

Jahanara Imam

Adapted + Performed by 

Leesa Gazi
Zack Planski

Directed by 

Filiz Ozcan


Sohini Alam

Oliver Weeks

"Another reason for the ongoing anger and passion about these events, and the determination to bring the perpetrators to justice, is a book published in 1986 in Bangladesh. Jahanara Imam published her diary of the period between March and December 1971 under the title Ekattorer Dinguli ("Days of '71"). It was an immediate bestseller in Bangladesh "
Philip Hensher


As part of Freedom Week, Komola Collective presented a spoken word presentation of some of the diary entries of Jahanara Imam, a Bangladeshi writer and political activist. She is most widely remembered for her efforts to bring to trial those accused of committing war crimes in the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971. ‘The Mother of Martyrs’, as she is popularly known, launched a campaign to bring the war criminals of Bangladesh to justice. Her heartache voiced a nation’s demand.

Komola Collective spoken word presentation directed by Filiz Ozcan, adapted and performed by Leesa Gazi & Zack Planski complemented by freedom songs sung by Sohini Alam and Oliver Weeks on guitar


 A humane story told from the point of view of a mother who lost her son in the midst of a brutal conflict.

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