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Birangona : towards ethical testimonies of sexual violence during conflict. English [video] Open Access

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?


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Creator: Mookherjee, Nayanika 1
Creator: Keya, Najmun Nahar
1 Durham University
Economic and Social Research Council, Durham University, Research Initiatives Bangladesh
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Ethnographic, Archival, Analysis of Literary and Visual secondary sources, Visual Methods of that of an Animation Film
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2019. Praxis Award from the Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists for the project: ‘Birangona: Towards Ethical Testimonies of Sexual Violence During Conflict’.

sexual violence in conflict, testimony, ethics, Birangona, Bangladesh
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