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South Asia Forum at MIT

The Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia




Matir Moina (The Clay Bird)


Followed by panel discussion on nationalism and religious pluralism in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh


On the occasion of  Bangladesh Bijoy Dibosh (Victory Day)


December 10, 2005
Room 32-124

(Ray and Maria Stata Center, 32 Vassar Street)


Light refreshments will be provided


Free and Open to the Public


Bangladesh became an independent country on December 16, 1971. On this day nine months of war with Pakistan ended. On this day limitless joy flowed on the streets and homes of Bangladesh, for this was not only a victory of humanity over a powerful military force but also a victory of democracy, secularism, and syncretism in the nation's culture.

The leading newspaper of Bangladesh the "Daily Star" called the film The Clay Bird a “sensitive portrayal of a multi-cultural and multi-religious Bangladesh”.  In this touching film, director Tarque Masud tells the story of a family torn apart by religion and war, touching upon the themes of religious tolerance, cultural diversity and the complexity of Islam.
The Clay Bird  is not just a film about childhood or Islam - it’s about relationships. Relationships between child and adult, between different belief systems...In particular, I was interested in exploring relationships between people who continue to grow, and people who don’t - people who are stuck in some sort of belief system” - director Tareque Masud .


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