Tanvir Mokammel, the auteur from Bangladesh has made more than a dozen films, both feature and documentaries. Some of his films have received awards and accolades both in home and abroad. Prominent among his films are Quiet Flows the River Chitra, A Tree Without Roots, Lalon, The Unknown Bird, Teardrops of Karnaphuli and Tale of the Jamuna River.
Tanvir Mokammel is also a writer. He has written about eight books. An activist film-maker, Tanvir Mokammel was the president of Bangladesh Short Film Forum, the organization of the alternative film-makers of Bangladesh. Involved in the alternative pedagogic activism Mr. Mokammel teaches cinema in university and runs Bangladesh Film Institute in Dhaka.
Tanvir Mokammel has recently made a film about Tajuddin Ahmed, a Bangladeshi statesman who was brutally killed on November 3rd, 1975. Mr. Tajuddin Ahmed, a lawyer and politician was instrumental in forming the first government of Peoples' Republic of Bangladesh in Mujibnagar and headed the government.
In this interview with Voice of America, Mr. Mokammel spoke about his latest documentary.